Stroke

In the United States, 745,000 people will have a stroke¹.  Did you know this equates to a stroke nearly every 40 seconds? While stroke is the 5th leading cause of death, it is also the leading cause of long-term disability¹.

Stroke

Strokes are classified into two categories: Ischemic and Hemorrhagic.  

Ischemic stroke is the result of impaired blood flow to brain tissue that results in death of the tissue.
Hemorrhagic strokes are bleeds that occur in the brain.

There are many risk factors for stroke:

  • Smoking
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperhomocystenemia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Lack of Exercise

Most of these risk factors are preventable, except for atrial fibrillation and arteriovenous malformation.


Life After Stroke

You may be weeks to years following your stroke.  Your life may have slightly changed or you feel as if you are a different person.  Your symptoms are the result of the area damaged by the stroke.  

Common Symptoms:

  • Difficulty Walking
  • Impaired Balance
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Impaired Memory
  • Extremity in Flexed Position
  • Difficulty Focusing or Concentrating

You have worked tirelessly with physical and occupational therapy.  You may have seen improvements, but feel you are plateauing.  You may not be happy with the results you have gained, but are told that this is the best you will ever be.



How Revive Can Help

You are here to see if there is hope for improvements following your stroke.  The same preventable risk factors of having a stroke are barriers to recovery.  We provide an integrative healthcare approach where we evaluate labs, diet, lifestyle, and brain health.  

Your difficulty with walking or balance is not because the leg is injured, but is the result of the brain being injured.  The brain is the control center for any movement made or sensory input to be received.  You can only walk, read, or have the coordination to the level of your brain health.

We focus on the concept of neuroplasticity.  It is the ability of the brain to learn or change.  While the brain has been injured, there is a chance to increase brain health which can lead to improved function.


Our Unique Tool Box

At Revive we use state of the art diagnostics to examine your balance, coordination, eye movements, and blood chemistry.  We integrate the results of these tests with your physical exam to create a unique treatment plan for you.  Your treatment plan will be created specifically for you and can include: balance, eye movements, sensory stimulation, gait, speech, coordination, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  

Repetitive (TMS) has been gaining tremendous attention due to the benefits stroke patients are seeing with it.  Research is showing rTMS increases recovery by stimulating neurogenesis, growth factors and decreases lower extremity spasticity.,3,4,5 Neurogenesis allows for functional neurons to develop and for improvements to occur following stroke.        



1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Stroke. https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/ (February 2017)

2 Luo, J., Zheng, H., Zhang, L., Zhang, Q., Li, L., Pei, Z., & Hu, X. (2017). High-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) improves functional recovery by enhancing neurogenesis and activating BDNF/TrkB signaling in ischemic rats. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(2), 455. doi:10.3390/ijms18020455

3 Rastgoo, Maryam et al. "Effects Of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation On Lower Extremity Spasticity And Motor Function In Stroke Patients". Disability and Rehabilitation 38.19 (2016): 1918-1926. Web. 7 May 2017.

4 Aysegul Gunduz, Hatice Kumru, & Alvaro Pascual-Leone. (2014). Outcomes in spasticity after repetitive transcranial magnetic and transcranial direct current stimulations. Neural Regeneration Research, 9(7), 712-718. doi:10.4103/1673-5374.131574

5 Li, J., Zhang, X., Zuo, Z., Lu, J., Meng, C., Fang, H., . . . Zhang, W. (2016). Cerebral functional reorganization in ischemic stroke after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation: An fMRI study. CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, 22(12), 952-960. doi:10.1111/cns.12593


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