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Stroke treatment and rehabilitation

A stroke occurs as a result of your brain’s blood supply being reduced or interrupted, which prevents your brain from getting the oxygen that it needs to function, and causes damage and destruction to brain cells. As such, a stroke is a type of acquired brain injury (ABI) that occurs as a result of events that happen inside the body.

There are three different types of stroke:

1. Ischaemic stroke

This form of stroke happens when the arteries that lead to your brain become blocked or narrowed, which prevents blood from getting to the brain. Ischaemic strokes are the most common kind of stroke, with approximately 80% of all strokes being ischaemic in nature. Different types of ischaemic stroke include:

  • Thrombotic stroke
  • Embolic stroke

2. Haemorrhagic stroke

This form of stroke is caused by a leaking or ruptured blood vessel in your brain, which damages brain tissue, and prevents blood and oxygen from getting to where they need to be. Different types of haemorrhagic stroke include:

  • Intracerebral haemorrhage
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage

3. Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)

A TIA is also known as a ‘mini stroke’, this form of stroke is characterised by a temporary decrease in the brain’s blood supply, which may only last for a few minutes, and does not cause any lasting damage or symptoms

The risk of a stroke increases with age and strokes are more common in people aged over the age of 55. More males than female suffer from strokes, most likely due to the link between the condition and high levels of cholesterol, which is more common in men. High blood pressure and diabetes are also factors that may contribute to the risk of having a stroke, and research has also shown that people from Asian, African and African-Caribbean backgrounds are at greater risk of suffering from a stroke.

Treatment for stroke at Priory

Priory provides high quality, rehabilitation-focused treatment programmes for those living with the effects of a stroke, as part of our dedicated Brain Injury Services. We can provide expert support to those who require immediate post-acute, slow stream or continuing care, delivered across our specialist sites throughout the UK.

Priory’s Brain Injury Services encompass all aspects of neurorehabilitation, including:

  • Physical
  • Behavioural
  • Cognitive
  • Emotional
  • Communication
  • Social

Treatment is delivered within a broad variety of environments, ranging from hospital settings to transitional living homes. The breadth of the service allows our network to offer comprehensive care pathways, ensuring that all services have consistency in their approach and adhere to national guidelines. 

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