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submitted by Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network Kate, age 33, was admitted to Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital for her rehabilitation needs after experiencing a stroke. This young mother had the ability to follow only simple commands and experienced right side weakness. After her stroke, this previously independent wife, mother and health care provider had difficulty with her balance and could not walk without help. For Kate, basic activities that a 33-year-old woman takes for granted such as eating, taking a shower and dressing were quite a challenge as was her ability to speak and communicate with others. In an instant, Kate’s world had changed dramatically but she
was determined to get home to her husband, one-year-old son, her dog, and her previous life. Her rehabilitation therapy program was customized to include activities specific to her job, childcare activities and home life such as dressing, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, using a stroller, high chair and car seat, playing on the floor and walking while carrying a child. Therapists introduced the IPad® to work on communication and she went on therapeutic out trips to the grocery store and the park with her son. Kate also participated in Animal Facilitated therapy and pet care activities including walking the dog outdoors and training the dog.
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healthy body, mind, and spirit. Do You Know the Risk Factors and Signs of Stroke?
As evidenced by Kate’s story, stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of age, sex or race. Approximately 55,000 more women than men have strokes each year. One way you can improve your chances of not having a stroke is to
know the risk factors for stroke. Some risk factors for both mean and women: • A family history of stroke • High blood pressure • High cholesterol • Smoking • Diabetes • Being overweight • Not exercising
Other risk factors unique to women include:
• Taking birth control pills • Being pregnant • Using hormone replacement therapy • Having a thick waist and high triglyceride level The good news is that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Some risk factors for stroke such as age, gender, race, family history, previous stroke or TIA or PFO are uncontrollable. But, lifestyle risk factors such as tobacco use, alcohol use, physical inactivity, and obesity can often be changed. Medical risk factors like high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, diabetes, atherosclerosis and circulation problems can usually be treated. You can work with your physician, who can advise you on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle and prescribe medications to address your risk factors. It is very important to act quickly if someone you are with exhibits symptoms of a stroke. Some common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women include: • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
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• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Sudden severe headache with no known cause But women may report unique stroke symptoms such as:
• Sudden face and limb pain • Sudden hiccups • Sudden nausea • Sudden general weakness • Sudden chest pain • Sudden shortness of breath • Sudden palpitations If you recognize these symptoms in someone you are with or in
yourself, you need to call 911 immediately. For women and men, every minute counts in accessing medical care for a stroke. The National Stroke Association urges everyone to act FAST if you think you or someone you are with is having a stroke. You can act FAST by doing this simple test: F= Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A= Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S= Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? T= Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. It is also important to note the time when the first symptoms appear.
The most effective stroke treatments are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within the first three hours of the first symptoms. If you are interested in learning more about prevention of or
recovery from a stroke, you can contact the stroke specialists at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital at 893-2900 or at www. northeastrehab.com
Source: National Stroke Association www.stroke.org
Fever Facts for Parents: What You Should Know When Treating Your Child With cold and flu season also comes fever season, and across the Gad_3.583x3in_V6t.in
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country, parents will experience anxiety levels that rise in tandem with their children’s temperatures. In fact, more than half of parents report feeling anxious, fearful or helpless when their child comes down with a fever, according to the recent “Dose of Reality” survey by the makers of Children’s Advil (R). In addition to their concern, many parents also seem unaware of the proper ways to deal with their child’s fever. In fact, in the survey of more than 1,000 parents of children younger than 12, more than half said they have sent their child back to school or daycare less than 24 hours after a fever passed, and nearly a quarter admitted to giving their children an adult over-the-counter medication at an estimated lower dose to treat a fever. “Even some of the most seasoned parents worry about fever,” says
Dr. Alanna Levine, a nationally recognized pediatrician, mother of two and spokesperson for Children’s Advil. “It’s the most common reason I’m paged after office hours. I like to reassure parents with ‘fever phobia’ that fever is their friend.” On its HealthyChildren.org
website, the American Academy of
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Pediatrics (AAP) points out that fever is the body’s natural response to infection. The AAP also notes that a fever does not necessarily mean a child needs to go to the emergency room or even see a doctor. Yet one third of pediatricians surveyed by Pfizer estimate that up to half of their patient’s parents have taken their child to the emergency room due to a fever before calling the doctor. And 94 per- cent of the doctors surveyed said they feel parents need more education on fever management. Levine has partnered with Children’s Advil this cold and flu season to offer parents some help- ful advice for proper management of their child’s fever:
* Stay cool. Remember that most fevers indicate that the body is fighting an underlying illness. * Be prepared. Talk to your pediatrician about
fever at the start of cold and flu season, and ask for information on proper fever management. Also, check your medicine cabinet to ensure that all medications have not expired or been recalled. Check recalls.gov
to stay aware of any recalls. * Watch for serious signs. Generally, you should
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call your pediatrician if your child is 3 months or younger and has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, if your child is older than 3 months and has a fever that exceeds 103 degrees, if your child has a fever and looks and acts very sick, or if the fever lasts for more than three days. As always, call your pediatrician with any concerns.
* Dose appropriately. More than a third of parents dose their
children primarily based on age, rather than weight, according to the survey. Yet, weight is more accurate and the basis preferred by doctors. If weight is not known, dosing by age is acceptable. * Do not give your child an adult medication. Nearly one in four parents surveyed admit to giving their children an adult over-the- counter fever medication at an estimated lower dose. Parents should always use a children’s medication and never give an adult product to a child, unless specifically recommended by your child’s physi- cian.
* Medicate wisely. When choosing a fever medication, be sure to consider how long it will last. For example, Children’s Advil, which contains ibuprofen, provides up to eight hours of relief with just one dose.
* Let sleeping children rest. More than half of parents surveyed said they wake their child in the middle of the night just to give them fever medication, yet most pediatricians believe a sleeping child should not be awakened solely to be given fever medication. Parents should closely monitor their children, and if they have any concerns about treating the child’s fever, they should check with their pediatrician. * Allow time to recover. The AAP recommends that parents keep
their children home from school or daycare until the child is fever- free for at least 24 hours. You can learn more about fevers and Children’s Advil at www. ChildrensAdvil.com
or at Facebook.com/ChildrensAdvil
. “The goal of treating the fever is really to make the child feel bet-
ter,” Levine says. “During this cold and flu season, all parents should be armed with the proper facts about fevers and how to manage them.”
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Children’s Advil, spon- sored this article.
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