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The purpose of this website is to explain stroke in easy-to-read practical explanations.  Stroke is a complex disease and cannot be explained in just a few pages.  We start by showing you a have tried to organize this site as a common sense approach to stroke so that the stroke caregiver can easily understand. 

Our website begins by providing a link to our stroke awareness website.   Our first goal is to teach you what the risk factors are with having a stroke. We want you to learn how to prevent a stroke from happening in the first place! Next, our website provides you with all of the medical terms that you might need to know, especially as a stroke caregiver.  For your convenience, an A - Z Glossary has been developed to help you understand those words often used by doctors.

Then, we define the various types of stroke,  ie Ischemic, Hemmoraghic, Brain Stem and TIA.  The next section explains how the brain is structured.  All of the most important areas of the brain are identified.  We give an in-depth explanation of what functions of the body are affected by stroke to the Brain Stem, Cerebellum or Cerebrum.  We explain these functions and deficits caused by stroke. 

Next, we provide guidance and questions the stroke caregiver might have when selecting a rehab hospital.  Lastly, we discuss how important it is to starting rehabilitation after a stroke.    

Stroke Warning Signs

bullet Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body   
bullet Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding   
bullet Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes   
bullet Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination   
bullet Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

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Original date 3/1/96 Revised 9/24/14