A Stroke, or a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), is an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or when a blockage develops. Decreased blood flow to the brain can cause the brain to be deprived of oxygen. If the brain does not have adequate oxygen, the brain tissue dies, resulting in loss of function of the areas controlled by that part of the brain.

The effects of a stroke can be devastating and even life threatening. If treated early, the effects of a stroke can be minimized by medication, surgery and a specialized rehabilitation program. It is important to know when a stroke is occurring and seek treatment immediately.

Common Stroke Symptoms:

  • Slurred Speech
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Impaired Vision
  • New Onset of Confusion or Difficulty Understanding and Communicating
  • Sudden Weakness (especially in an arm or leg on one side of the body, even if temporary)
  • Loss of Balance
  • Migraine or Severe, Sudden, Debilitating Headache
  • Numbness or Loss of Sensation
  • Dizziness

What to Expect After a Stroke?

Rehabilitation is a critical part of recovery for stroke survivors. Although it will not reverse the effects of a stroke, rehabilitation will help you re-learn and redefine how you go about your daily activities and your life. The goals of rehabilitation after a stroke are to rebuild your strength and increase your capabilities and confidence so you can continue your daily activities.

Under your doctor’s direction, our Rehabilitation Specialists at Highlands come together to provide a treatment program specifically suited to your needs. Services you will receive will depend on your needs and may include:

  • 24/7 Nursing Care
  • Wound Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Recreational Activities
  • Nutritional Services
  • Case Management Services
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Spiritual Care
  • Patient and Family Education

Getting You Back to Better

We create a seamless continuum for patients and physicians to ensure that you get the best care possible.