Stroke Recovery Begins with Emergency Intervention
Stroke recovery varies from patient to patient, with survivors sometimes experiencing temporary or permanent disabilities. In some cases, it can take years to recover. Each stroke patient’s recovery is determined by numerous factors, including how long proper blood flow to the brain was interrupted. The longer stroke patients spend without receiving emergency medical care, the greater their chances of diminished brain function. Although the complications can differ, some more commonly experienced after a stroke include:
- Decreased muscle movement or even paralysis
- Emotional problems or depression
- Memory problems
- Difficulty understanding, reasoning, or making good judgments
- Problems with swallowing or talking
- Numbness or pain in the affected body parts
- Sensitivity to temperature changes
- Changes in behavior like being more impulsive or less social
- Reduced physical function, which may include needing help with chores and self-grooming
Whatever the complications may be, stroke recovery starts with emergency medical intervention, which is designed to address the loss of blood flow to the brain (in the case of ischemic strokes) or to mitigate the damage caused by blood on the brain (in the case of hemorrhagic strokes). Immediate stabilization is the first priority, but once the source of the stroke has been treated, measures can be taken to treat the damage done to the brain and prevent secondary strokes from occurring in the future. At Tampa General Hospital, our stroke specialists are ready to help patients 24/7, and we operate one of the largest neuroscience intensive care units in the entire country. In addition to having a staff of highly experienced neurosurgeons, stroke physicians, and advance practice nurses, we have some of the most cutting-edge diagnostic technology available, including portable CT machines and advanced intraoperative MRI (iMRI) scanners that can be utilized during neurosurgery to see the brain in real-time. These resources allow us to offer a comprehensive treatment program customized to each patient’s individual stroke recovery needs.
Once a patient has been stabilized and emergency intervention completed, they can be admitted to our accredited stroke rehabilitation center provided that they meet our inclusion criteria. There, our team will work to return the patient to the highest possible level of function throughout their stroke recovery.
If you or someone you know shows signs of a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Immediate action helps improve the chances of stroke recovery.