Let’s Talk about: Complications After a Stroke

Let’s talk about: Complications from a Stroke from the American Heart Association’s ‘Let’s talk about a Stroke’ series. These were provided to us from the Loving Hands Organization when they came to visit us recently.

Let’s Talk about: Complications After A Stroke:

The treating doctor’s highest priorities are to prevent complications that can occur as a result from the stroke and to prevent another stroke. Your doctor must determine that you are medically stable and able to resume some self-care activities. This means that all complications must be treated and under control.

Some things happen as a direct result of injury to the brain due to a stroke. Others are because of a change in your abilities. For example, being unable to move freely can result in bedsores. Clinical depression can also occur with a stroke.

What are common complications of a stroke?

The most common complications of stroke are:

*Brain edema-swelling of the brain after a stroke.

*Pneumonia-causes breathing problems, a complication of many major illnesses. Pneumonia occurs as a result of not being able to move as a result of the stroke. Swallowing problems after a stroke can sometimes result in things ‘going down the wrong pipe’, leading to aspiration pneumonia.

*Urinary tract infection (UTI) and/or bladder control. UTI can occur as a result of having a foley catheter placed to collect urine when the stroke survivor can’t control bladder function.

*Seizures-abnormal electrical activity in the brain causing convulsions. These are common in larger strokes.

*Clinical Depression-a treatable illness that often occurs with stroke and causes unwanted emotional and physical reactions to changes and losses. This is very common after stroke or may be worsened in someone who had depression before the stroke.

*Bedsores-pressure ulcers that result from decreased ability to move and pressure on areas of the body because of immobility.

*Limb Contractures-shortened muscles in an arm or leg from reduced ability to move the affected limb or lack of exercise.

*Shoulder pain-stems from lack of support of an arm due to weakness or paralysis. This usually is caused when the affected arm hands resulting in pulling the arm from the shoulder.

*Deep venous thrombosis (DVT)-blood clots form in the veins of the legs because of immobility from stroke.

What can be done?

If you need medical treatment, your doctor will prescribe it.

*Medical treatment often involved medical supervision monitoring and drug therapies.

*Physical treatment usually involves some type of activity that may be done by you, a healthcare provider or by both of you working together. Types of treatment may include:

-Range-of-motion exercises and physical therapy to avoid limb contracture, shoulder pain and blood vessel problems.

-Frequent turning while in bed to prevent pressure sores and good nutrition.

-Bladder training programs for incontinence.

*Swallowing and respiratory therapy and deep-breathing exercises. These all help to decrease the risk of pneumonia.

*Psychological treatment can include counseling or therapy for feelings that result from clinical depression. Types of treatment may include antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or both. You may also be referred to a local stroke support group.

How can I learn more?

  1. Call 1-888-STROKE (1-888- 478-7653) to learn more about stroke or find local support groups or visits StrokeAssociation.org.
  2. Sign up to get Stroke Connection magazine, a free magazine for stroke survivors and caregivers at strokeconnection.org.
  3. Connect with others sharing similar journeys with stroke by joining our Support Network at strokeassociation.org/supportnetwork.

We have many other fact sheets to help you make healthier choices to reduce your risk, manage disease or care for a loved one. Visit strokeassociation.org/letstalkaboutstroke to learn more.

Do you have questions for the doctor or nurse?

Take a few minutes to write your questions for the next time you see your healthcare provider.

For Example:

*What complications am I most at risk for?

*What can I do to prevent complications?

*This information is take from the handout from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. I have never used the service so I have no opinion yes or no on the service but please call the Associations phone number or email address for more information.

About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Let’s Talk about: Complications After a Stroke

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the enclosed number to talk to the agency. They will be able to give you more information and help.

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