HealthSouth in Pearland, Texas – Getting Back to Life
What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or burst. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood – and oxygen – it needs, so it starts to die. A stroke can result in difficulties in moving around, performing daily activities, and talking or understanding. The type and extent of the difficulties depends on the size and location of the stroke.
Know the signs. While a stroke can happen quickly, it is still important to understand the warning signs to get medical help immediately by calling 911. Every second counts, as time lost is brain lost. Stroke warning signs include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, or trouble with vision.
What happens after a stroke? A stroke patient’s greatest gains are usually made in the first 30 days following the stroke. Studies indicate that 60 percent of stroke survivors can benefit from aggressive rehabilitation intervention. Eighty percent of those treated with aggressive rehabilitation can return to their homes, work, schools or active retirement.
Where you go makes a difference. According to the recent adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association*, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. An in-patient rehabilitation facility may be a free-standing facility or a separate unit of a hospital.
When stroke happens, we’re here to help. Located at 2121 Business Center Drive in Pearland, HSRH of Pearland, will become Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Pearland in April 2018, can make a difference in the lives of stroke patients. Call 346 907-3028 to schedule a tour. *Source: American Heart Association, Inc.