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Technology Advancements to Help Treat Stroke Patients

by | Sep 20, 2023

Medical care for strokes is essential. After a doctor treats the condition, a patient may need weeks or months to recover. Stroke technologies improve the lives of patients at each step of the process.

Stroke patient uses robotic rehabilitation device

Introduction to Stroke Technology

Companies are developing new technologies to help people who have suffered from or may experience a stroke. Technology can be MRI imaging, mobile apps, and wearable devices. Each piece of equipment may serve a different function to help patients return to their lives.

The Role and Importance of Technology in Stroke Research, Prevention, Rehabilitation

Technology is important because it can assist in researching strokes. Devices can collect information and communicate with patients. Researchers can better understand strokes and develop more effective ways to prevent and rehabilitate people.

Prevention includes monitoring a person’s heart rate and blood pressure. Technology can determine if someone has the risk of getting a stroke. Scans can accurately diagnose a stroke and identify the location of it.

Stroke technology is necessary for rehabilitation as well. Many patients face mobility issues, a decline in memory, and speech problems. Some devices can strengthen muscles or aid in speech therapy.

New Technologies for Stroke

Wearable Smart Devices

Wearable smart devices have sensors that frequently check blood pressure. The sensors detect changes and find other risk factors like sleep apnea. The devices offer real-time monitoring every day. You do not have to wait for an annual checkup with your doctor.

Advanced Imaging (MRI)

Advanced imaging technologies like MRIs show signs of a stroke. An MRI shows detailed images of the brain. Doctors can see where blood vessels are narrow or if plaque is present. An MRI shows the size of a clot and can display evidence of old strokes.

Electrical Cell Stimulation

Electrical cell stimulation is when the cells receive an electric current. The goal is to alter their function. Conditions like strokes can benefit from electrical cell stimulation. The process can improve blood flow in the brain and promote healing in damaged areas. It helps rehabilitate patients with stroke-related disabilities.

Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Electrical nerve stimulation is when a doctor applies an electrical current to a nerve. The process usually relieves pain in patients. Electrical nerve stimulation may also be useful for recovery after a stroke. Researchers found that it can increase upper and lower limb motor function.

Portable CT Scan Device

Many doctors prefer CT scans due to their efficiency, but the equipment can be massive. Innovations led to CT scanners being mobile. People can remain where they are. Doctors can tend to patients and have the device ready when they need it.

Stroke Rehabilitation Technology

Technology is essential during the recovery period after a stroke. Phones, robots, and more can collect data on symptoms, and some devices track progress. What a person needs may be different from someone else.

Virtual Reality

Some patients use virtual reality as part of their treatment plan. Immersive games may help them get the exercise to improve upper limb movement. One study showed that virtual reality may be effective when a person combines it with their standard stroke care.

Mobile Application

You can use a mobile application during the rehabilitation process. Healthcare providers can track a patient’s progress. Mobile apps allow people to communicate with their doctors while decreasing healthcare costs.

Robotics

Robotic devices primarily assist stroke patients in rebuilding their motor skills. One example is an exoskeleton. It is a structure that a person wears to aid in movement. An end-effector is another robotic device. A common type is footplates that mimic walking.

Video Games

Video games can be more than a way to pass the time. They also may help rehabilitate stroke patients. Research has found that specific games can help with motor function.

Stroke and Brain Health

Keeping your brain healthy and mind sharp can help prevent neurological disorders and improve cognitive functioning, emotional well-being, and quality of life. As we age, it’s time to start making healthier lifestyle choices.

Learn More About Stroke Technology and Access Expert Diagnosis and World-Class Care

Stroke technology is beneficial in all stages of care. Consult an expert and stroke specialist in Singapore like Dr. Manish Taneja about what might help you prevent or recover from a stroke. We have the latest equipment to tailor your care to you. To learn more, we invite you to submit your contact information. Our team is ready to assist you. 

Consult a Stroke Specialist in Singapore

Dr. Manish Taneja, is an expert in endovascular and image guided neurointerventional procedures of brain and spine. It’s important to find a stroke specialist or doctor you can trust in Singapore. He has special interest in treatment of brain aneurysms, stroke and vascular malformations. Come in for a further evaluation. Arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our stroke specialist.

 

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Stroke Resources

Stroke Prevention Tips: How to Avoid High Cholesterol

Controllable risk factors are lifestyle choices that can be changed to reduce the risk of having a stroke including managing your cholesterol.

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We’ve Got You Covered for Specialized Stroke Screening, Prevention, and Management

Imagine heart attacks where the blood flow to your heart is blocked. Similarly, a stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is interrupted becoming a “brain attack”. When blood supply does not reach a certain part, brain cells begin to die. Different types of stroke include ischemic strokes (blockage of blood vessel due to blood clot) or a mini stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), with no permanent damage yet serious. Stroke also occurs when a blood vessel in the brain pops causing bleeding in the brain.

Certain areas of the brain can be affected by stroke and some symptoms of a stroke including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood sugar levels increase the risk of stroke whereas an active lifestyle or controlling high cholesterol reduces the risk. How well do you know stroke? Find tips to prevent and manage stroke and the differences in stroke MRI and CT scans. 

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Brain Aneurysm Resources

Discover brain aneurysm resources that go beyond the basics designed for patients. Understand the meaning of  a brain aneurysm condition, the causes, symptoms, signs, and more. Connect with your brain health.

Put Brain Aneurysm on Your Health Radar

Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore to be on your health radar.

Other Health Conditions

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurological conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.