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As a stroke specialist based in Singapore, I regularly address inquiries regarding stroke treatment and recovery. Patients often seek information on available treatment options, rehabilitation, expected outcomes, and ongoing care post-stroke. Providing comprehensive guidance tailored to each individual’s needs is crucial for optimizing recovery and enhancing quality of life after a stroke.

Dr. Manish Taneja

Stroke Specialist, Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic

Introduction to Stroke FAQs

If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, you are likely overwhelmed. There are probably a million questions running through your mind regarding recovery and intervention. While each case is different, we will work to answer some of the most common questions from stroke meaning to stroke treatment in Singapore.

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1. Can stroke be cured?

While it isn’t possible to restore damaged brain tissue, stroke patients can make a full recovery using healthy tissue to compensate. The degree to which one recovers has many factors, including how quickly damage is contained. It is also critical to start rehabilitation as soon as possible.

 

2. Can blood thinners cause strokes and bleeding in the brain?

Blood thinners increase the likelihood of bleeding in the brain and brain hemorrhages, also known as a haemorrhagic stroke. Approximately 20% of those who suffer from brain bleeds are taking an anticoagulant. Luckily, medications have been developed to reverse anticoagulants and save the lives of those suffering from a brain bleed if treated promptly.

 

3. How do you exercise for stroke patients?

Physical exercise after a stroke is vital for recovery and lessening the chance of a reoccurrence. Exercise plans differ on a patient’s needs and abilities. The range of recommended exercises from the American Stroke Organization goes from gait training to water aerobics. To discover what is right for you, speak to your healthcare team and discuss the best strategy. Afterward, you can follow an at-home workout routine or join a supervised class. Read our “How to Exercise after Stroke” blog post to learn more and help you get started.

 

4. How do you improve speech after a stroke?

 

Speech can be affected in multiple ways as a result of a stroke, and the treatment is different for each circumstance.

  • Aphasia affects 20-40% of stroke victims. It affects the ability to understand and form speech. Symptoms are losing words, placing words in the wrong order, lack of understanding, and more.
  • Dysarthria affects the ability to control your voice, volume, and pitch. Patients can strengthen mouth muscles to gain control and improve their speech over time.
  • Apraxia of speech occurs when signals from the brain do not reach communication muscles. The mouth and tongue muscles are affected, creating unclear speech. Speech therapists can work with patients to develop a plan utilizing muscle exercises and plan sound production.

 

5. How do you recover fast from a stroke?

Recovery from a stroke looks different for everyone. Some patients experience spontaneous recovery, while others see improvement over the years. To heighten your chances of a speedy recovery, it is essential to work with your healthcare team, communicate clearly, and follow your rehabilitation plan.

 

6. How to prevent stroke recurrence?

23% of stroke patients will experience a second stroke. Although not completely preventable, there are many things you can do to lower the likelihood of a reoccurrence.

  • Take your prescribed medication as instructed.
  • Follow a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed foods. The Mediterranean Diet, particularly, has been found to lower stroke risk.
  • Stay active
  • Maintain a healthy weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol level.
  • Quit smoking

 

7. How to localize a stroke?

Localizing a stroke is the process of identifying the areas of the brain the stroke has affected. A neurointervention specialist completes this process to develop a personalized treatment plan.

 

8. How do I tell if I am having a stroke?

The best way to recognize a stroke is by identifying stroke symptoms using the acronym FAST.

  • Face: A stroke can cause one side of a person’s face to droop. If they cannot smile with one or both sides of the face, it could be a stroke.
  • Arms: Look out for someone who can’t raise both arms over their heads.
  • Speech: Trouble speaking or slurred speech are signs of a stroke.
  • Time to call 955: Call 955 if you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms.

 

9. How do you wash your hair for a stroke patient?

If a stroke patient is unable to shower unassisted, you can help them with shower chairs or baths. For those who can’t get to a shower, caregivers can wash the patient’s hair using a hair basin, warm water, and mild shampoo. Using dry shampoo in between washes can also help.

 

10. How long does paralysis last after a stroke?

Stroke causes paralysis in 90% of patients. For some, it is temporary, while others endure a permanent disability. While anxiety to know answers immediately is understandable, recovery time after a stroke is different for everyone. The key to stroke management is early rehabilitation, often beginning a short 24 hours after the stroke. Between 1-3 months, patients typically see the most improvement, although improvement can happen indefinitely.

 

Stroke Treatment and Recovery FAQs Conslusion 

Strokes are a devastating medical emergency that affects 3.65% of the Singapore population. Although stroke doctors can help with rehabilitation, the best treatment is prevention. If you or your loved ones are at risk for stroke due to medical issues or family history, schedule a stroke screening today. Doctors can assess a patient’s health through MRIs and blood tests and develop a personalized medical plan. If you are seeking a specialized stroke clinic in Singapore, contact us today. Our clinic’s stroke specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, offers world-class care and commitment.

 

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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.

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Neurointerventional / Stroke Treatments

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurointerventional / stroke 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.