The Stroke Recovery Book: A Guide for Patients and Families [NOOK Book]

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Are You Recovering from a Stroke?

If you or someone you love has had a stroke, you are probably frightened and worried. And, you’re filled with questions. What can be expected in recovery? How much rehabilitation will be needed?

No health professional can predict the exact outcome of a stroke. Still, research shows that patients tend to do better when they have supportive families and friends. Learning the ...

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The Stroke Recovery Book: A Guide for Patients and Families

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Overview

Are You Recovering from a Stroke?

If you or someone you love has had a stroke, you are probably frightened and worried. And, you’re filled with questions. What can be expected in recovery? How much rehabilitation will be needed?

No health professional can predict the exact outcome of a stroke. Still, research shows that patients tend to do better when they have supportive families and friends. Learning the basics about stroke and rehabilitation can help families provide a stronger support system as well as reduce their fears of the unknown.

Author Kip Burkman, M.D., is a rehabilitation physician who has worked with thousands of stroke patients and families. He understands what families go through when a loved one has a stroke, and he offers answers to many of your questions.

Among the topics Dr. Burkman covers:

  • How strokes occur-what happens in the brain
  • Major types of strokes and effects
  • Cognitive changes-personality, emotions, intellect, behavior
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Weakness in limbs
  • Swallowing problems
  • Recover and rehabilitation-what to expect
  • Stroke prevention-reducing your risk of stroke

A quick reference book to help you cope with the effects of stroke!

"...helps readers to understand the various kinds of strokes and how they can affect body functioning...an excellent, clearly written quick-reference book."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Like Geoffrey Donnan and Carol Burton in After a Stroke (North Atlantic, 1992. 2d ed.), Burkman, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, summarizes the causes, complications, and types of strokes and then discusses recovery, rehabilitation, and prevention. But while Donnan and Burton offer a more holistic perspective, Burkman adds something else to his treatment of the topic: a table listing the warning signs of stroke--critical information considering that "there is a 10 to 18 percent risk of having a second stroke in the first year immediately following a stroke." A useful resource list provides addresses and phone numbers (and Internet sites, when available) for government agencies and national stroke organizations. However, the lack of references is frustrating. Sources of statistics are identified incompletely (and sometimes not at all), and no medical or additional consumer health literature is suggested. Still, this guide is valuable as a readable introduction to the topic. Recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.--Ximena Chrisagis, Wright State Univ Libs., Dayton, OH
Library Journal
10/01/2013
Burkman covers the types of strokes and how they occur; aftereffects, medical complications, and impairments; rehabilitation and aftercare; and the needs of caregivers. (LJ 11/1/98)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936374717
  • Publisher: Addicus Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 372,272
  • File size: 853 KB

Meet the Author

Kip Burkman, MD, is a rehabilitation physician who specializes in disability medicine and life-care planning. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction vii

1 The Brain and How Strokes Occur 1

2 Impairments Caused by Stroke 14

3 Aphasia: Speech and Language Disruptions 21

4 Hemiplegia: Weakness on One Side 28

5 Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties 37

6 Bladder, Bowel, and Sexual Problems 45

7 Other Medical Complications Caused by Stroke 54

8 Recovering from a Stroke 64

9 Rehabilitation 71

10 Care after a Stroke 80

11 Reducing Your Risk of Stroke 96

12 Care for Caregivers 104

Appendix 113

Resources 114

Glossary 120

Index 135

About the Author 144

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