Life After a Stroke

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You may feel defeated and lonely after a stroke. You may have concerns about your job, your relationship, or your family, and how you’re going to get back to doing the things that bring you joy. But more than 7 million Americans have survived and thrived after a stroke, and you can, too.

Here at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, under the leadership of interventional cardiologist Erick Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, we want you to know that you can have a happy, fulfilling life after a stroke.

Why is it so hard?

A stroke is a serious medical emergency that deprives your brain of vital oxygen and nutrients, which in a very short period of time leads to brain tissue death. The area of your brain affected by your stroke may determine the types of symptoms you experience afterward, whether you’re having issues with speech and swallowing or difficulty making your leg muscles move.

To regain these functions, you need to retrain different parts of your brain to take over, which takes time, patience, and perseverance. Recovery time varies, but it can take weeks to months to rewire your brain.  

The rehabilitative process

Your road to recovery may be long and arduous, but you have a team of people helping you along the way. Your rehab after a stroke usually begins in the hospital and is aimed at helping you transition to home and preventing another stroke. Your rehab team may include:

Depending on the severity of your stroke and the expectations regarding your recovery, you may need to continue the rehabilitative process at an inpatient facility or at home. Either way, the goal of your continued therapy is to help you regain strength, function, and independence so you can get back to your life as quickly and safely as possible.

It’s not abnormal to feel a sense of loss and sadness after a stroke, and you may benefit from psychotherapy, as well as antidepressants to lift your mood.

Getting back your independence

You may have many questions about your life after a stroke, such as when you can get back to work or start driving again. A lot of these questions depend on the severity of your stroke and your response to rehab. Here at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, we can answer your questions and guide you on your road to independence.

With a mild stroke, you may be able to get back to work fairly quickly, depending on the type of job you have. However, you may need to wait at least a month beyond your full recovery from a stroke before you can get back behind the wheel due to concerns that you may experience another event.

When it comes to sexual activity, hobbies, and exercise, we may recommend you engage as soon as it’s safe and you’re able. These activities not only lift your mood, but also help support the rehabilitative process.

Your stroke doesn’t have to define the rest of your life. With the right care and rehab, you can regain much of your independence. Let us help you manage your health and recovery. Call Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants today or book an appointment online.

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