No one is ever prepared for a stroke. It just happens, and when it does, the results can be life altering. From difficulties with communication to weakness, numbness, and cognitive difficulties, a stroke can have a wide range of consequences. For most people affected by a stroke, a flood of questions come afterward: How did this happen? What do we do next? What are our options? How long will recovery take? Am I at risk for another stroke? To answer these questions and so many others, stroke specialist Dr. Amytis Towfighi and best-selling health writer and stroke survivor Laura Stevens have written What You Must Know About Strokes. Written in plain English, this useful guide offers all the information stroke survivors and their loved ones need to know in order to ask the right questions and make informed decisions.
The book is divided into four parts. Part 1 explains what a stroke is and which risk factors increase the odds of having a stroke. It also includes information on identifying the early signs of a stroke and what to do when they appear. Part 2 looks at the immediate care given to stroke survivors as they are brought into a hospital setting. Part 3 details the most common rehabilitation treatments given to stroke patients to help them regain their ability to carry out their daily activities, mobility, speech, and cognition. These include occupational, physical, and speech therapies. It also discusses a number of complementary and alternative treatments that may be helpful. Part 4 offers important suggestions on lifestyle and nutrition to help patients avoid another stroke. Part 5 provides a look at life after a stroke and the issues stroke survivors may face. It offers practical and easy-to-follow advice on moving forward. The book also offers a section of resources, listing services and agencies that provide answers and assistance to stroke patients and their families.
The many challenges of dealing with a stroke are great—for patients as well as their loved ones. The road back is not always easy. Understanding what is happening and what treatment options are available is crucial. The information contained in this book can greatly benefit anyone dealing with the aftermath of a stroke and make all the difference in the world.
Amytis Towfighi, MD, received her bachelor degree from MIT and her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Harvard; she completed internship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Neurology Residency at MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She completed her Vascular Neurology fellowship at UCLA. She is currently an associate professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Towfighi is Director of Neurological Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. She is also Associate Medical Director and Chief of Neurological Services at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. She served as Chair of Neurology at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center for eleven years.
Laura Stevens, MSci, received her master’s degree in nutrition science from the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Since graduation, she has worked at Purdue as a researcher, investigating the relationship between diet and health disorders. Apart from her work at Purdue, Laura is the author of eight books on diet, behavior, and allergies. Laura lives with her amazing cat, Bentley, in Lafayette, Indiana.