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ABC of Stroke




ABC of Stroke

Jonathan Mant (Editor), Marion F. Walker (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39779-6 May 2011 BMJ Books 72 Pages

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Stroke is the most common cause of adult disability and is of increasing importance within ageing populations.

This brand new title in the ABC series covers the entire patient journey, from prevention through to long-term support. It includes primary prevention and management of risk factors for stroke and secondary prevention including pharmaceutical, lifestyle and surgical intervention. The general principles of stroke rehabilitation are also addressed as well as mobility, communication and psychological problems, as is stroke in younger people. It also covers long-term support for stroke survivors and their carers.

This is an invaluable and practical guide to all aspects of stroke for both health care professionals and lay audiences. It is of particular relevance to general practitioners, junior doctors, nurses and therapists working with stroke patients and their carers, and to people with stroke and their families.

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Contributors vii

Preface ix

1 Introduction to Stroke 1
Jonathan Mant

2 Primary Prevention of Stroke 6
Jonathan Mant

3 Transient Ischaemic Attack 12
Jonathan Mant

4 Acute Stroke 16
Damian Jenkinson and Clare Gordon

5 Medical Complications of Stroke 22
Clare Gordon and Damian Jenkinson

6 Stroke Rehabilitation 27
Marion F Walker

7 Stroke in Younger People 31
Marion F Walker

8 Mobility 34
Marion F Walker

9 Communication and Swallowing 38
Pam Enderby

10 Psychological Problems after Stroke 41
Jane Barton

11 Secondary Prevention of Stroke 44
Duncan Edwards and Jonathan Mant

12 Long-term Support for Stroke Survivors and their Carers 49
Marion F Walker

Index 53

“This book provides an accurate, concise, up-to-date understanding of stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA), emphasising risk factors and presenting current best evidence based treatments regarding lifestyle modification and drug therapy in the primary and secondary prevention setting.”  (Australian Family Physician, 4 April 2012)

"This is a great addition to the stroke literature. What sets it apart is the concise manner in which each chapter is written to assist the multidisciplinary team member, the caregiver, or survivor." (Doody's, 18 November 2011)

"In 12 concise chapters, a group of UK stroke, rehabilitation, and psychology specialists summarize aspects of prevention, transient ischemic attack, acute stroke, medical complications, rehabilitation, stroke in younger people, mobility, communication and swallowing, psychological problems, and long-term support for survivors and carers." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)

"In spite of the limiations of this book, it would be a useful addition to any ward, team or department library as an introductory text." (Nursing Older People, 1 June 2011)