Life After Stroke

Overview

In this compassionate guide, three expert physicians who treat people with stroke describe how to navigate the path to recovery. Their practical advice on treatment, rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes is also designed to help prevent another stroke.

Drs. Stein, Silver, and Frates begin by explaining how stroke occurs and what happens when different parts of the brain are injured. They describe diagnostic tools such as CT scans and MRIs as well as medications used to prevent ...

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Overview

In this compassionate guide, three expert physicians who treat people with stroke describe how to navigate the path to recovery. Their practical advice on treatment, rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes is also designed to help prevent another stroke.

Drs. Stein, Silver, and Frates begin by explaining how stroke occurs and what happens when different parts of the brain are injured. They describe diagnostic tools such as CT scans and MRIs as well as medications used to prevent and treat stroke, and they explain in detail how stroke survivors can heal optimally. They also set out plans to help survivors reduce the risk of another stroke, including the Stroke Savvy Exercise Plan and Stroke Savvy Diet Plan.

Relating patients' experiences and bringing readers up to date on promising new treatments, Life After Stroke offers hope to stroke survivors and their families.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

M.D. News
Designed to help readers understand what causes stroke and how it impacts survivors and their families.
Midwest Book Review
Case history experiences blend with tips and discussions and of the latest and possibly forthcoming new treatments, offering families and survivors a positive survey.
Stroke Connection Magazine
Compassionate guide.
The Sharon Advocate
Unique in its focus.
AAP Newsletter
An invaluable resource for survivors and their families.
Baltimore Sun - Mary Beth Regan
Clear, concise, and a joy to read because it's easy to understand. More importantly, it could save your life.
Boston Globe - Susan Chaityn Lebovits
The book explains the importance of understanding the differences among strokes, and offers advice on treatment, rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes that will help prevent a reoccurrence.
Nursing Spectrum - Terry Ratner
A book about strokes might seem tiresome, but Life After Stroke has a heart and soul of its own... an excellent tool for nurses who work with stroke patients.
PsycCRITIQUES - Victor A. Colotla
Very readable and engaging... a good reference source for nonprofessionals
Midwest Book Review

Case history experiences blend with tips and discussions and of the latest and possibly forthcoming new treatments, offering families and survivors a positive survey.

The Sharon Advocate

Unique in its focus.

AAP Newsletter

An invaluable resource for survivors and their families.

M.D. News

Designed to help readers understand what causes stroke and how it impacts survivors and their families.

Stroke Connection Magazine

Compassionate guide.

From The Critics
Reviewer: Florence A Denby, MS(Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive tool for stroke survivors and their families for understanding stroke etiology, reasons for post-stroke testing, and how to get the most from recovery. Throughout the book, the authors chronicle fascinating accounts of historical figures as well as everyday people who have experienced stroke as they relate to the medical consequences and recovery.
Purpose: This is an attempt to supply people with stroke and their loved ones with the information about what to expect during the rehabilitation process and how to maximize it. More accurate than stroke is the term brain attack, defined as a sudden event causing damage to the brain that with early treatment can be reversed or the progression stopped. The book's substance is captured in the description of a complicated disease with numerous etiologies/comorbidities and the well written explanation of stroke rehabilitation as a multidiscipline process. The book meets its noble objectives for use as a consumer resource in conjunction with the physician and members of the rehabilitation team.
Audience: Although the authors intend this book for people with stroke and their loved ones, in my experience, many stroke survivors would have a difficult time comprehending this material because of the medical terminology and jargon. However, the vignettes, practical examples, drawings, and tables scattered throughout the book provide in-depth information that can be easily understood. The authors are experienced practitioners who have collaborated with stroke and rehabilitationspecialists in the thoughtful development of a fine book.
Features: This is a comprehensive overview of what a stroke is, what happens during the initial recovery, and how stroke survivors can make the most of their rehabilitation process and continue to recover throughout their lifetime. Giving consumers knowledge of what possibly caused their stroke empowers them to take necessary precautions for secondary prevention and also allows greater control of modifiable risk factors and outcomes. The chapter on heart and blood vessels and stroke is an excellent teaching tool, especially the party analogy describing what causes hardening of the arteries. The chapter on exercise and stroke addresses the needs of stroke survivors at different levels of functioning whether severe, moderate, mild, and/or without residual functioning problems.
Assessment: It is difficult to write a book for all stroke survivors and their families because of the diversity of the population. This book is an excellent resource for people with stroke, their loved ones, and any one interested in stroke recovery and prevention. Healthcare providers, allied health professionals, and nurses would benefit from this comprehensive tutorial study of stroke prevention and recovery. This offers an excellent source to reference when explaining to patients the nature of their injury and their own role in recovery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883637
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2006
  • Series: Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,416,009
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Stein

Joel Stein, M.D., is the chief medical officer at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Julie Silver, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She is also a medical director at the Spaulding-Framingham outpatient center. Elizabeth Pegg Frates, M.D., is a clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Understanding stroke and its consequences 3
Ch. 2 How strokes affect our brains and bodies 14
Ch. 3 Tests your doctor may order 24
Ch. 4 Minimizing early post-stroke disability and complications 45
Ch. 5 Maximizing recovery from a stroke 55
Ch. 6 Post-stroke medical and social issues 70
Ch. 7 Risk factors for having a stroke : an introduction 87
Ch. 8 Heart and blood vessel conditions and stroke 91
Ch. 9 High blood pressure and stroke 122
Ch. 10 Diabetes and stroke 140
Ch. 11 Other causes of stroke 155
Ch. 12 Genetics and stroke 183
Ch. 13 Medications that help prevent stroke 196
Ch. 14 When surgery is an option 206
Ch. 15 Diet and stroke 217
Ch. 16 Exercise and stroke 251
Ch. 17 How smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs affect stroke risk 276
Ch. 18 Research on the horizon 287
Ch. 19 Prevent another stroke by taking charge 300
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