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Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke
     

Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke

by Joel Stein, Julie K. Silver, Elizabeth Pegg Frates
 

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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

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.

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Doody's Review Service
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 rehabilitation specialists 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.
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.

Boston Globe
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.

— Susan Chaityn Lebovits

Baltimore Sun
Clear, concise and a joy to read because it's easy to understand. More importantly, it could save your life.

— Mary Beth Regan

PsycCRITIQUES
Very readable and engaging... a good reference source for nonprofessionals

— Victor A. Colotla

Nursing Spectrum
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.

— Terry Ratner, RN, MFA

The Sharon Advocate
Unique in its focus.

AAP Newsletter
An invaluable resource for survivors and their families.

The Sun Archive
Clear, concise, and a joy to read because it's easy to understand. More importantly, it could save your life.

— Mary Beth Regan

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

Stroke Connection Magazine
Compassionate guide.

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

Library Journal
★ 10/01/2013
Primarily a guide to stroke recovery and to medical and lifestyle preventions, this reference also offers an introduction to strokes, their impact on the brain, and related medical tests.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801883644
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2006
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
720,922
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are Saying About This

Robert J. Wityk

This book may help you navigate the sometimes confusing corridors of medicine to empower you to take control of your health or that of your loved one. Read it and learn, and then discuss it with your physician. Between your involved interest, what you discover here, and your doctor's expertise, your or your loved one's recovery lies in very good hands indeed.

Robert J. Wityk, M.D., from the foreword

Meet the Author

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.

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