Until I started researching data on strokes when our old friend had a pretty severe one, I did not realize that the recurrence of such an awful brain issue is as frequent as statistics say. It is predicted that about a quarter of the people that have one stroke and recover from it will have another stroke within five years of that initial stroke. That’s pretty scary – especially if you consider that the first one was bad enough to begin with!
NINDS, The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is continuously researching strokes through clinical trials, in its laboratories and clinics and in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health, the NIH and through grants that they receive from major medical institutes across the United States. When new information comes to light, they also post that data on their website for novices such as myself to be able to access in order to get answers for my clients.
In fact, NINDS is currently researching the mechanisms of stroke risk factors and the process of brain damage that may result from a stroke. They are looking at genetic factors that may enter this equation as well as other risk factors (most likely things like diet, exercise, life style choices and the like).
Thanks to these researchers, we hope to find helpful information that could help or reverse the effects of a stroke. Until this miracle occurs, caregivers just have to continue showing their clients that With Age Comes Respect.