Stroke recovery in elderly

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Avatar m tn My nearly 84 year old mother suffered a "major" stroke 2 days ago. She has not opened her eyes, though she shows signs of awareness and can follow directions when asked. She is sleeping allot. Initially she lost movement on her left side, but it very slowly seems to be coming back. She is saying words, though they are hard to understand. She is receiving IV fluids. The doctor said they would give her another day and see if she "wakes up".
Avatar m tn Is full recovery less common after 80? My mom had TPA within 3 hours. Hospitals in Lexington KY are mediocre at best. After 2 1/2 weeks, the only improvement has been a weak squeeze in the right hand. She is unable to move her right hand or leg apart from the delayed squeeze. She spends 20 minutes in the standing box. She is unable to transfer to the bed. Her speech involves one word answers. She had her stroke on May 11th.
Avatar m tn Thank you,she is much better the doctors think it's something called amyloid angyopathy,but that's more frequent in elderly people(70',80').She had a pretty bad car accident 3 months before this,it is possible to be conected to this?
Avatar m tn I appreciate your concern for your aunt’s health. The most common causes of hemorrhagic stroke are hypertension, elderly age group, weakness in the artery wall in the brain and blood coagulation issues. After the acute management of the condition, stabilization of airway, breathing and circulation, the long-term therapy includes rehabilitation. Recovery is variable and hence different requirement of therapy for different patients. Care must be taken for repositioning her to avoid bedsores.
Avatar m tn My aunt aged 70 is hospitalised due to brain stem stroke and is in ICU. She is yet to regain the consciousness and is still on ventilator. Doctors have stated that there is very little improvement. As of now she lost her limb movements, swallowing capacity and eyelid movements. Though she is chronic diabetic and had bye pass surgery six years back her major organs are functioning normally. It is not clear how long she will be like this. At what point of time recovery process will set in?
Avatar f tn Anyone out there dealing with a loved one over 88 (my dad turns 89 this month) who suffered a massive stroke? Dad was in poor health prior to his MCA type blockage (prostate cancer metastisized into lungs, afib, back surgery, permanent bladder catheter, newly installed PEG). Has just left hospital and entered a rehab facility. Curious others thoughts on what to expect long term.
691463 tn?1227419054 we have an elderly cat of 17, he is suddenely much more lethargic than usual, as if in a daze and drooling heavily, we wonder if he may have had a stroke, he experienced something like a seizure couple of weeks ago.
Avatar m tn My 89-year elderly mother has lymphoma (currently in remission), atrial fibrulation, and high blood pressure. She had a stroke a week ago, and is still relatively unresponsive. She cannot speak or make any voluntary movement except to occasionally squeeze my hand in response to a question. She is on a feeding tube (core pack?) since she has no swallow reflex. After a week of no change, can we hope for any recovery or progress? The neurologist seems to be taking a wait and see attitude.
Avatar n tn They have really helped him. I am in a similar situation as you. My dad had his stroke last May in Pennsylvania. I live in Virginia. I have 2 siblings that lime an hour away and another that lives in Indiana. We each took turns going each week for the first few months and it helped a lot. When we couldn't be there my sister and I would do alot of the research for my mom on getting more therapy etc.
Avatar f tn I found her some hours after the stroke--not sure how many, and she was treated in a stroke unit but is now in an ordinary nursing home with rehab services. Bleeding had stopped on its own by the morning after the stroke, so no attempt to drain off excess blook from the brain was made.
Avatar m tn My Nana had a stroke 2 days ago. she is 93. Am following this. She has lost movement down her right side, but there is still some movement. she can't talk (she would so hate that). She was quite mobile before. I find the drs quick to write you off at their age. Its sad.
Avatar n tn Does anyone know if indeed the Holter EKG should have been standard practice in elderly patients, especially one with a history of congestive heart failure?
Avatar n tn And of course, the omnipresent prognosis issue. I understand that TIA in elderly especially indicates a much higher risk of a major stroke, but what are the main risk factors that can be used to predict prognosis? Thank you in advance for your help in providing such valuable information.
Avatar n tn if you go I mean soak more than one pad per hour for a few (3) hours in a row please dont wait ,,rush to the nearset emergency room especially in the elderly this amt of bleeding is very dangerous.Your blood preesure drops corresponding with blood loss. It could be an extremely life or death situation.
Avatar f tn I understand each stroke and stroke patient is different, but what could we expect in relation to time of recovery and how much recovery should we realistically expect? Any advice or experiences shared would be appreciated.
Avatar n tn Very sorry to hear about your stroke. I applaud your courage and motivation in what sounds like a tough recovery period. To accurately comment on prognosis or outcome of your stroke, I would have to examine you personally and see your imaging studies to know exactly what was damaged and how far you've come. To be honest, I'm not sure that anyone can tell you whether or not you will ever reach your high baseline functioning status.
Avatar n tn Bacterial pneumonia secondary to aspiration of food into the trachea is a leading cause of mortality in stroke disabled elderly in nursing homes.
Avatar m tn Can Morphine that is given to an elderly person (81 years old) long term (4+ weeks, 3 or more times per day,IV) cause them to have a stroke?
Avatar f tn That is a difficult question to answer. First off, so-called "strokes" can be caused by either clots or bleeds. Sometimes you start with a clot, take anti-coagulents and end up with a bleed. The etiology of the stroke is important. For example, a small stroke can be caused by simple dehydration. The human brain has great redundancy. In some cases memory is damaged. In other strokes only partial paralysis may be involved, which may disappear.
Avatar n tn Probably in some part due to the difficultly with the breathing post-op he has now contracted pneumonia. Pneumonia is usually quite easy to treat but in an elderly person who has just undergone major surgery it can be quite difficult to cure and may even be deadly. The percentage of individuals dying would depend on the person's overall health and what type of bacteria was present in the lungs but could be upwards of 5%.
Avatar m tn Hi, my dad suffered a stroke 3 months. He is 73 yrs old and was alcoholic and heavy smoker and had industrial deafness. He has lost his speech though now he starts speaking though you can only understand possibly 1 word out 20. He has loss use of his right side bodily functions and is incontinent. He cant even sit in a wheelchair and is bed ridden. What can i do and what is best case scenario???
Avatar m tn My elderly father has a femur / hip fracture, which I understand in an elderly patient has a poor prognosis. He has a heart condition as well as general osteoporosis, both complications. The cardiac doctor feels he has about a 25% risk of dying from the surgery, and he feels he might not recover even if he survives the surgery.
Avatar n tn I need to find a living arrangement for a close friend of mine who is 50 years old and lives in the Boston area. I am looking for a place that houses younger stroke patients and isn't just for the elderly. If anyone knows of a placeplease let know. She suffers from some memory loss (short term) and occassional seizures. She is struggling with a loss of independence and I can't imagine that she would do well in a traditional home for the elderly.
Avatar m tn I have been involved in stroke rehabilitation for the super elderly with great success. Without exception, I have found the professional services not worth the powder to blow them to Mars. The "consultants" charge $200 an hour. First of all, do not give up hope. (1) Hire your own help to assist in rehabilitation. A person does not need a degree to hold an elderly woman's hand. There is no substitute for TLC and love. (2) Spend as much time as possible with the person.
Avatar n tn Do you mean a physical trauma to someone that is recovering from a stroke? Or memory loss due to a stroke? Strokes can definitely cause memory loss. If trauma after a stroke, what kind? Trauma to the head? How long ago was the stroke? I know that the doctors and therapists were very worried about setbacks if my husband were to fall or hit his head by banging into something in the first few months after his stroke.