Medical News Today: Life after stroke: Tips for recovering communication skills

Speech and communication problems are common after a stroke. Get some first-hand tips for helping a friend or family member back to recovery.
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Authors: Kim JW, Huh U, Song S, Sung SM, Hong JM, Cho A Abstract Background: The surgical strategies for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) vary in terms of the anesthesia method, neurological monitoring, shunt usage, and closure technique, and no gold-standard procedure has been established yet. We aimed to analyze the feasibility and benefits of CEA under regional anesthesia (RA) and CEA under general anesthesia (GA). Methods: Between June 2012 and December 2017, 65 patients who had undergone CEA were enrolled, and their medical records were prospectively collected and retrospectively reviewed. A total of 35 patien...
Source: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Source Type: research
Conclusion: Stroke survivors are at high risk of limited social participation. Policymakers and other key stakeholders should consider community design among other potential solutions when identifying ways to link at-risk stroke survivors to both opportunities for rehabilitation (e.g., physical function) and social participation.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
This study aims, first, to validate a retrospectively-gated implementation of the DENSE method for assessing brain tissue pulsations as a physiological marker, and second, to use the acquired measurements to explore intracranial volume dynamics. We acquired repeated measurements of cerebral volumetric strain in 8 healthy subjects, and internally validated these measurements by comparing them to spinal CSF stroke volumes obtained in the same scan session.Peak volumetric strain was found to be highly repeatable between scan sessions. First/second measured peak volumetric strains were: (6.4 ± 1.7)x10−4/(6.7...
Source: NeuroImage - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
ConclusionsWe established a novel formula to mathematically calculate actual 3D angles between inflow cannula and device body of HeartMate II. The formula would help investigators to validate their findings of the relationship between 2D projected angle (from CXR) and device thrombosis.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 109, Issue 1Author(s): Mostafa R. Amer, Wassim Mosleh, Saurabh Joshi, Jeffery F. Mather, Wael El-Mallah, Mohiuddin Cheema, Raymond G. McKayBackgroundPrevious reports described successful use of transcarotid and transsubclavian approaches for the performance of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with severe aortic stenosis who cannot be treated with transfemoral access. The purpose of the present study was to compare these two alternative approaches with respect to safety, efficacy, and procedural efficiency.MethodsA retrospe...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 109, Issue 1Author(s): J. Hunter Mehaffey, Robert B. Hawkins, Eric J. Charles, Irving L. Kron, Gorav Ailawadi, John A. Kern, Mark E. Roeser, Benjamin Kozower, Nicholas R. TemanBackgroundCurrent reporting on cardiac surgical outcomes focuses on a patient’s status at 30 days and lacks long-term meaningful data. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of complications after cardiac operation on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) at 1 year after surgery.MethodsAll patients undergoing cardiac operation at an academic institution (2014...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Volume 109, Issue 1Author(s): Elisabetta Lapenna, Michele De Bonis, Ilaria Giambuzzi, Benedetto Del Forno, Stefania Ruggeri, Manuela Cireddu, Simone Gulletta, Alessandro Castiglioni, Ottavio Alfieri, Paolo Della Bella, Stefano BenussiBackgroundThe study sought to assess the long-term outcomes of the stand-alone Cox-Maze IV procedure in symptomatic patients with refractory, persistent, or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF).MethodsFifty-nine consecutive patients (mean age 52 ± 10.5 years, previous catheter ablation 80%, left ventricul...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
This study sought to elucidate the relationship between the neuromuscular function of the paretic plantarflexor muscles and propulsion deficits across individuals with different walking speeds. METHODS: For 40 individuals poststroke, we used instrumented gait analysis and dynamometry coupled with supramaximal electrostimulation to study the interplay between limb kinematics, the neuromuscular function of the paretic plantarflexors (ie, strength capacity and central drive), propulsion, and walking speed. RESULTS: The strength capacity of the paretic plantarflexors was not independently related to paretic propulsio...
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: J Neurol Phys Ther Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Robotic treatment using a set of 4 devices significantly improved UL motor function, activities, and participation in subjects with subacute stroke to the same extent as a similar amount of conventional therapy. Video Abstract is available for more insights from the authors (see the Video, Supplemental Digital Content 1, available at: http://links.lww.com/JNPT/A291). PMID: 31834217 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: J Neurol Phys Ther Source Type: research
DISCUSSION: The collective findings suggest that large amounts of task-specific (ie, locomotor) practice may be critical for improvements in walking function, although only at higher cardiovascular intensities or with augmented feedback to increase patient's engagement. Lower-intensity walking interventions or impairment-based training strategies demonstrated equivocal or limited efficacy. LIMITATIONS: As walking speed and distance were primary outcomes, the research participants included in the studies walked without substantial physical assistance. This guideline may not apply to patients with limited ambulatory fun...
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: J Neurol Phys Ther Source Type: research
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