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The Importance of Regular Check-Ups for Stroke Survivors

by | Jul 2, 2024

Discover the importance of regular checkups for stroke survivors at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore. Learn how our specialized care and monitoring with our stroke specialist, Dr Manish Taneja, can improve recovery, prevent recurrence, and enhance overall health.

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Regular Check-Ups for Stroke Survivors: Why Is It Important? 

A stroke is not something which happens and then you move on. Strokes typically have long-term effects, which vary per the location of the stroke, but can include problems with speech and language, visual impairment, and problems with thinking and memory. Stroke survivors can have physical, cognitive, emotional, sensory, and communication challenges that continue through their lives.

On top of that, once somebody has had one stroke, their risk of another becomes elevated. Stroke survivors need regular check-ups and ongoing care to both help them recover their quality of life and monitor them for future problems.

Understanding Strokes and Recovery

There are two main types of stroke:

  1. Ischemic. The most popular type, caused by blockage of an artery. About 87% of strokes are ischemic.
  2. Hemorrhagic. These strokes are caused by bleeding, such as a burst aneurysm or a traumatic brain injury.

Both types of stroke result in brain tissue not getting enough oxygen. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) or mini-stroke is a blockage that shifts, allowing the brain to recover, but may be a warning sign that you are about to have a stroke.

It takes about six months to recover from a stroke, which may mean a full recovery or ongoing challenge. Most stroke patients are hospitalized for five to seven days, and then go to rehab, which might be inpatient or outpatient, depending on the level of therapy you can tolerate. People who can handle intensive therapy will likely be kept in an inpatient rehabilitation facility to receive intensive treatment that speeds recovery. You will receive physical, occupational, and speech therapy, which is most intensive during the first three months. At the six month mark, you will probably have recovered almost as much as you ever will, but will still get regular checkups.

Importance of Regular Check-Ups

The first goal of regular check-ups is to help you continue to improve and return to a normal life. While recovery slows down dramatically after six months, some people do continue to regain function and working with a physical or occupational therapist can help.

The second goal is to monitor for complications, especially risk factors for a second stroke, and to make sure you are continuing with lifestyle changes, such as nutrition changes, designed to reduce your risk. Spotting the risk of another stroke early can help keep you from a higher risk of death or disability; each subsequent stroke tends to have a worse impact on your brain so it’s very important to avoid second and subsequent strokes.

 

Components of Follow-Up Care

Your healthcare professional will have recommendations for how often you should get checked up. You may also have regular visits to your therapist. Stroke survivors should also be screened for depression. It’s really important to go to all of your appointments on the recommended schedule and to take any medications you have been prescribed, such as to lower blood pressure.

You may get regular screening to look for brain aneurysms (for hemorrhagic stroke) or clots and blockages (for ischemic stroke), which can include MRIs or CT scans. You may get blood tests to monitor your cholesterol.

You will have evaluations of your rehabilitation progress to help make sure you’re receiving the right therapy to get your quality of life where you want it to be, depending on your rehabilitation goals.

 

Lifestyle Management and Preventative Measures

The most important thing to do after a stroke is whatever you can to keep from having another one. The impact of strokes is cumulative, and a second or subsequent stroke can easily lead to significant disability or death.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk. Your healthcare professional will work with you on sustainable lifestyle changes such as eating more fruit and vegetables, reducing salt, sugar, and alcohol consumption, and getting more physically active.

You may also be put on medication to manage risk factors. For example, you may be put on medication to lower blood pressure or, such as statins, lower your cholesterol. If you have diabetes, your team will work on improving your control over your blood sugar. Finally, you will be referred to psychological support. Many people become depressed or anxious after a stroke. You may be frustrated over not being able to communicate well or engage in activities you enjoyed before, or anxious about the prospect of having another stroke. A therapist who specializes in treating stroke survivors can help.

 

Access Expert Care and Check-Ups with a Stroke Specialist in Singapore

Regular check-ups help you recover and avoid a second stroke. You should go to all of your check-ups and prioritize your follow-up care. Dr. Manish Taneja, our stroke specialist, at Supreme Vascular and Intervention Clinic in Singapore offers holistic follow-up care to stroke survivors. Contact us to provide your details and schedule an appointment today.

Transient Ischemic Attack

Not all people get strokes. However, for those who are well, warning signs of stroke can still happen with this “mini stroke”. You might have heard of Transient Ischemic Stroke (TIA), which can lead to a future possible stroke. 

Consult a Stroke Specialist in Singapore

Dr. Manish Taneja, is an expert in endovascular and image guided neurointerventional procedures of brain and spine. He has special interest in treatment of brain aneurysms, stroke and vascular malformations. Come in for a further evaluation and arrange an appointment today with our stroke specialist.

 

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Stroke Resources

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You are never too young to have a stroke. As such, it is important to know what to look out for and how your lifestyle increases your risk of having a stroke.

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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, the differences in stroke screening tests, and the newer technology and treatments available. Come in for an easy consultation and further evaluation with our stroke specialist in Singapore at the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic. 

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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.