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May is National Stroke Month: What Renown Does for Stroke Patients

 

When it comes to treating stroke, minutes matter and some people think of stroke care as treating someone while in the emergency room. But, Renown Health offers much more beyond caring for patients in their first hour of showing signs of a stroke. The average stroke patient at Renown can receive care from employees across 25 or more departments.

Patients can receive follow-up care from Renown employees in Cardiology, Respiratory Care, Institute for Neurosciences, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Behavioral Health, Renown Rehabilitation Hospital, Nutrition Services and more to guide them every step of the way through their recovery. In recognition of National Stroke Month, we invite you to learn about the variety of care we offer our stroke patients.


Recovery

A stroke cuts off blood flow to the brain, and depending on the type of stroke, it will damage different parts of the brain that control particular body functions. So many patients need to relearn how to do everyday tasks like walking, talking or eating.

This is where Renown Rehabilitation Hospital steps in to help patients through their stroke recovery, including its Stroke Specialty Program.

A stroke patient at Renown Rehab may receive physical therapy services to help them regain mobility, balance, strength and other abilities. They may also see an occupational therapist, who can help them improve their fine motor skills, like eating, dressing or bathing. And with speech and cognitive therapy, they can relearn communication skills or how to swallow along with increasing their alertness and focus.

Read some of our inspiring patient stories about recovering after a stroke:

Stroke Education and Prevention

The risk of a reoccurring stroke is much greater in the weeks after a patient leaves the hospital. Renown’s Stroke Bridge Program helps educate patients on what caused their stroke, how to prevent a future one and what other stroke services are available in our community.

Nutrition Counseling may also be referred to help patients change their diet. Patients can meet one-on-one with a Registered Dietitian to discuss what kinds of foods are best for controlling blood pressure, weight and cholesterol, which all contribute to stroke.

Foods high in sodium can increase risk of stroke – Stephen Compston, RD, LD, CDE, outpatient dietary educator identifies “The Salty Six” you should know. BestMedicine is also feature a series of stroke-healthy recipes on its site this month.

 

Emotional Support

Renown not only offers services to treat stroke patients’ physical well-being, but also ones that are dedicated to their mental well-being.

Stroke Support Group meetings are designed to help patients and families respond to the stress of a stroke and learn about the recovery process. Attendees provide moral support, share information with each other and learn from guest speakers. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month.

Behavioral Health services may also be recommended for a stroke patient. Their team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and nurses can help patients if they’re dealing with depression, grief, anger or other issues after suffering from a stroke.
Suffering from a stroke can create a long recovery road, but Renown’s team of caring employees are there for patients every step of the way – from the first moments in the emergency room to getting them on track to living a healthier life.