At age 55, Albert was married with 2 grown children and 1 grandchild. He [...]
Stroke: What is Stroke?
A stroke is sometimes called a “brain attack”. It occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel then breaks, interrupting the flow of blood to an area of the brain. When this happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Brain cells die during a stroke and functional abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost or compromised in some way. These abilities could include speech, movement and memory. How the person who has a stroke is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.
Stroke and Brain Function:
Depending upon where the stroke occurs and the extent of the brain damage, any number of functional abilities can be compromised as a result. There are left/right hemisphere, cerebellar and brain stem strokes which can all be devastating to the sufferer. With the qEEG or Brain Map, we can identify the areas in the brain which are compromised and develop protocols to increase functioning for the client.
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Note that the following symptoms must be SUDDEN onset. Your first course of action is to call 911 Emergency:
- Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Severe headache with no known cause.
Stroke.org offers some good advise on learning the sudden warning signs, so you can recognize and respond to stroke FAST.
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 Emergency immediately.
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Stroke: Stroke Case Study
At age 55, Albert was married with 2 grown children and 1 grandchild. He was fairly active and relatively healthy, except that he had developed hypertension over the last 10 years. He exercised and modified his diet somewhat, but he wasn’t too concerned, as he did not have a family history of problems in this area.
However, one evening at supper, he began to “feel funny.” He looked to his wife, and she appeared he recalls seeing a look of shock on her face. She called 911 Emergency, and he was taken to the hospital. After the evaluation, he was told that he had experienced a stroke. He suffered from hesitant speech, word finding difficulty, paraphasia, difficulty focusing his right eye, poor short term memory, lack of balance and coordination, anxiety, depression, and poor concentration.
He was on medications and went to rehabilitative therapy for a few months. He did improve somewhat. But after one year he seemed to have reached a plateau in his recovery. So he began searching for other treatments finding research articles on neurofeedback and stroke symptoms.
Albert was given a qEEG or Brain Map which determined where the damage was in his brain and dictated the treatment protocols. After 8 months of neurofeedback and counseling, his improvement was evident in speech fluency, word finding, attention, concentration, coordination and balance. His anxiety and depression were also greatly reduced. He was able to resume a lifestyle relatively close to what he had experienced before the stroke.
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