A stroke is a medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. Strokes are life-threatening and the sooner someone receives help when suffering from a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
An ischaemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, accounting for almost 87% of all strokes. It occurs when a blood clot cuts off blood flow to the brain.
A haemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weak blood vessel bursts, leading to bleeding in or around the brain.
A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is often referred to as a mini stroke. In TIA’s the blockage stopping blood flow to the brain is only temporary, meaning the symptoms don’t last as long and aren’t as damaging.
Each stroke is different. However, there are some common symptoms. Immediate symptoms of a stroke include a drooping face (on one side), slurred speech or loss of speech, loss of arm movement due to weakness or numbness and confusion.
The symptoms that a person deals with after a stroke vary depending on which side of the brain suffered the most damage.
For example, if a stroke occurs on the left side of the brain, the individual may experience paralysis on the right side of the body, speech/language problems, memory loss and a slow, cautious behavioural style.
Alternatively, if a stroke occurs on the right side of the brain, the individual may experience paralysis on the left side of the body, vision problems, memory loss and a quick, inquisitive behavioural style.
The physical effects of these symptoms can be completely life-altering, causing an individual to lose their ability to walk, talk or perform simple tasks, such as feeding themselves.
Following a stroke, we will help you work towards your recovery goals. These goals might include re-learning how to walk, improving arm and hand function, reducing post-stroke pain, and returning to your day-to-day activities such as getting washed and dressed.
VIM Health offers a hands-on and intensive rehabilitation programme for those who have suffered a stroke. The programme is completely tailored to the needs of the individual and combines traditional therapies with state-of-the-art rehabilitation technologies including robotics and VR technology.
An example of some of the therapies on offer within our intensive rehabilitation programmes include:
You can receive this treatment as an outpatient or as part of our intensive rehabilitation package. Please contact us to discuss your options in more detail.