There are an estimated 4,800,000 Stroke survivors living today and about 700,000 people suffer a new or recurrent Stroke each year. Stroke is one of the most common disabling medical conditions, and has wide-ranging economic, social and psychological effects.Stroke, the fourth volume in a series sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, was written for both Stroke survivors and individuals wishing to learn more about the condition and how to prevent it. Friends and families of Stroke patients will find it a valuable resource packed with important coping tips and management techniques. Nurses, Social Workers, Public Health Officials and other caregivers will also benefit from this informative text, which covers:The nature of Stroke and its causesRisk factors and how Strokes may be preventedSymptoms and how they can be treatedHow Stroke survivors are evaluated and diagnosedImproving function among Stroke survivors through rehabilitationHow friends and families of Stroke survivors can cope and manageThe future of Stroke and the progress already being madeWritten by one of the most respected Doctors in the field, Stroke is easily accessible, avoids medical jargon and focuses not just on the patient but on the community and those close to the survivor. This essential guide will help to ensure that patients are provided with both the medical and personal care they need and will make this most difficult of circumstances a bit easier for all involved.
Louis R. Caplan, M.D. is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Stroke Service at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He serves on the editorial boards of a dozen leading neurology journals and has published numerous books and articles on the topic of stroke, including Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal (Dana Press, 2003). Dr. Caplan continues to consult on and care for patients with neurological conditions and still loves to teach and write.
Introduction: Why is stroke so important?; What is a stroke? What are the causes? What are the different kinds of stroke?; What are the medical conditions that cause blood vessel and heart damage that lead to stroke?; How can strokes be prevented? What are risk factors for stroke and how can they be reduced?; What does the brain look like and how does it work?; What are the arteries and veins that supply the brain?; What are the different symptoms of stroke? What abnormalities do doctors look for and find in stroke patients?; How can doctors tell what caused the stroke? What tests are used to evaluate individuals who may have had a stroke?; What treatments are available?; Complications; What are some of the dysfunctions, disabilities and handicaps that remain after a stroke?; How does recovery from stroke occur? How can recovery be improved? What is rehabilitation? Where is it performed and by whom?; How does one person's stroke affect others?; What does the future hold? What research is being pursued?; Glossary; References; Resources.