Stroke: Know the Signs

Stroke is no joke-if you have read the statistics- they are sobering. Here are some facts Stroke-02.11.13from The Stroke Association:

  • Stroke is the FOURTH cause of death in the US
  • Stroke is a leading cause of disability.
  • Stroke happens every 40 seconds and is responsible for 1 of every 18 deaths.
  • Every 4 minutes someone dies of stroke.
  • Strokes affect women more than men (60%/40%)

Whether you have suffered a stroke personally or are the caregiver for a stroke survivor- a stroke is a life changing experience.

Warning Signs: Call 911 and act“FAST” (an acronym to help you remember what to do)

Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?

Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Beyond F.A.S.T. – Additional Symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg
  • Sudden confusion or trouble 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

Acupuncture & Stroke

Acupuncture has long been touted as an effective treatment for post-stroke rehabilitation in China over thousands of years.  A robust research base of Chinese clinical trials exist, however few have been translated into English.  MRI research shows that brain regions affected by stroke are stimulated during acupuncture.  Current research suggests that by combining Chinese herbal medicine with acupuncture, post-stroke rehab results are enhanced.

The Study: Zhou, J. W., et al. “[Post-stroke flaccid limb dysfunction treated with the comprehensive therapy of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and rehabilitation: multi-center randomized controlled trial].” Zhongguo zhen jiu, Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion 32.12 (2012): 1057.

The Sichuan Academy of TCM enrolled 240 stroke patients into a single-blind, randomized, controlled study. The acupuncture group received both scalp acupuncture and body points.  Measurements included symptoms, limb motor function, daily activities of life and safety issues were recorded.

RESULTS showed that acupuncture, when combined with herbs and standard physical rehabilitative therapy is significantly more effective than PT rehab alone.

(This publication is not translated into English ).

At Wildwood Acupuncture Center–we are a family owned medically based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.

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