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Stroke For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-7201-2
384 pages
September 2005
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Features tons of advice for recovery and rehabilitation

Get the latest on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke

Have questions and concerns about strokes? This reassuring guide provides invaluable information for stroke victims and their loved ones, from what a stroke is and what it feels like to proven treatments and therapies. You'll see how to implement a plan for preventing stroke, treat the lingering effects of stroke, and maximize home caregiver effectiveness while minimizing fatigue.

Discover how to:

  • Understand what causes different types of stroke
  • Recognize warning signs
  • Get the most out of doctors and hospitals
  • Speed recovery with the best treatments
  • Help prevent future strokes
  • Decide the best living arrangements after stroke
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The Brain and Stroke 9

Chapter 1: A Brain Attack 11

Chapter 2: Understanding How the Brain Works 29

Part II: Types of Stroke 45

Chapter 3: White Stroke (Ischemic): Blood Clots Block the Brain 47

Chapter 4: Transient Stroke (TIA): Warning Sign 69

Chapter 5: Red Stroke (ICH): Bleeding Inside the Brain 85

Chapter 6: Red Stroke (SAH): Bleeding Outside the Brain 101

Chapter 7: Dementia (Vascular Cognitive Impairment) 119

Part III: Preventing Stroke 133

Chapter 8: High Blood Pressure 135

Chapter 9: Fat and Stroke Risk 151

Chapter 10: Other Risk Factors and Prevention 169

Part IV: Treating Stroke 187

Chapter 11: Get Thee to an Emergency Room 189

Chapter 12: Treating Stroke in the Hospital 207

Chapter 13: Rehabilitation 221

Part V: Living with Stroke 235

Chapter 14: Returning Home: Adapting to a New Life 237

Chapter 15: When You Can’t Go Home Again 257

Chapter 16: Challenges During Recovery 275

Chapter 17: Taking Care of Family 293

Part VI: The Part of Tens 307

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Help Your Community Manage Stroke 309

Chapter 19: Five Remarkable Stroke Recoveries 317

Chapter 20: Ten Opportunities to Prevent Stroke 323

Glossary 329

Index 335

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Author Information

John R. Marler, MD (Bethesda, Maryland), a board-certified neurologist and stroke researcher, is Associate Director for Clinical Trials at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He is a fellow of the American Stroke Association and recipient of the association’s Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. He has been administering clinical research in stroke since 1984. He completed his neurology residency training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and graduated from West Virginia University Medical School in Morgantown, West Virginia.
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