After suffering from a Stroke, Rod and his family chose Circle to help provide him with the
rehabilitative care he needed, to regain as much of his independence as possible. Watch his story.
If you or your loved one has suffered a stroke recently, Circle Rehabilitation can help. Perhaps you haven’t received any therapy after discharge from the hospital, or you have completed a short period of therapy at home. We understand you are probably still feeling anxious about what happened and have questions about the future.
Many stroke survivors do have similar concerns and it is perfectly normal to feel this way after a life changing event. We at Circle Rehabilitation fully understand how important it is for you to get back control of your life. We’re here to support you physically and emotionally to help you regain your independence following the stroke.
We have a purpose-built Rehabilitation centre in Reading to help people just like you with stroke rehabilitation by providing world-class care, state-of-the-art facilities and an expert team of dedicated healthcare professionals.
A stroke occurs when a part of the brain is damaged either by lack of blood supply or bleeding.
In the UK one person suffers a new stroke every five minutes. More than 100,000 strokes happen each year in the UK alone. Stroke is a leading cause of disability and it can be life-changing.
There are two types of stroke:
- Caused by a blood clot blocking the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain (this is known as an ischaemic stroke)
- Caused by a blood vessel in the brain bursting and bleeding into and around the brain (this is known as a haemorrhagic stroke).
Roughly 85% of strokes are ischaemic, with the remaining15% being haemorrhagic strokes.
Although the causes and treatment for the two different types of stroke may vary, both have similar symptoms and can result in similar life-altering consequences.
If you would like to know more about the available treatments, please continue to read on to learn about the treatments available and how your rehab following a stroke can be such a crucial factor in regaining your independence.
There are some things that may increase your risk of a stroke that you’re just not going to be able to change. These include (but aren’t limited to):
- Your age: if you’re over 65 years old, you’re more likely to have a stroke
- Ethnicity: risk of a stroke is higher for people of African, Caribbean or South Asian origin
- Family history: if someone in your family has previously experienced a stroke it may increase the likelihood of you having one
Causes of Ischaemic strokes
This is the most common type of stroke and is caused by blood clots travelling either from an artery that have become narrowed by fatty deposits or from the heart.
The narrowing in an artery can occur naturally as a result of ageing but there are some known factors that can also contribute to it. These risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- Being a regular smoker
- Having high cholesterol
- Being diabetic
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- A clot can also form in the heart if you have a condition called atrial fibrillation, where your pulse would be irregular.
Causes of haemorrhagic strokes
Also known as cerebral or intracranial haemorrhages, these are less common than ischaemic strokes. The main cause is high blood pressure as over time this can weaken the arteries in the brain, making them more prone to split or rupture.
High blood pressure can be caused by:
- Being a regular smoker
- A lack of exercise
- Being excessively overweight (obese)
- Drinking excess amounts of alcohol
Whatever the type of stroke you’ve had, at Circle Rehabilitation we are here to help you regain as much independence as you’re able, as quickly as possible.
If you think you (or somebody you know) may have had a stroke, you’ll want to check whether you have any of the following symptoms:
- Do you have weakness or paralysis in one side of the body?
- Are your joints and limbs moving in a different way to normal?
- Do your limbs feel heavy or numb?
- Has your face drooped on one side, or are you unable to smile?
- Are you having difficulty with your posture and balance?
- Have you lost part of your vision or lost vision suddenly in one eye?
If you’re currently experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s extremely important to get medical help quickly. Even if your symptoms disappear it’s important to get an urgent medical assessment.
Stroke is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, and so prompt effective treatment is vital.
There have been major advances in treatment for acute stoke in recent years, particularly for ischaemic strokes. Therefore it is important to seek medical help immediately if you or your loved ones experience any of the above symptoms. These treatments include injection of a clot busting agent to disperse the clot (intravenous thrombolysis) or removal of the clot by inserting a wire though your groin (thrombectomy).
The most important goal after having a stroke is to prevent another one.
The risk of a recurrence is highest in the first year after a stroke and remains elevated for several years after that. While some risk factors (such as age, ethnicity and a family history of stroke) are unmodifiable, there are many areas where we can help you. You can see a stroke physician in our clinic to discuss your risk factors and their management. You can also take measures to reduce the risk of strokes. For example, you should:
- Stop smoking
- Start eating a healthier, lower cholesterol diet
- Becoming more active.
If you have experienced a stroke, we know that it can be a cause of real concern and worry for you and those close to you, so we want to reassure you that we are here to help you through your stroke rehabilitation.
The outcome after a stroke depends on its severity and the area of the brain affected.
Although some people will recover quite quickly from a stroke, many more will find they need long-term support to help regain a level of independence. In fact, two-thirds of stroke survivors are likely to have a degree of disability, usually with a combination of impairments.
For example, many people who’ve had a stroke find they experience changes with their:
- emotional state
- motor and sensory functions
- bladder and bowel control
If you’ve recently had a stroke and are finding yourself having challenges with any of the above, personalised, effective and focused stroke rehabilitation (sometime called stroke rehab) can be a major factor in helping you to adjust, adapt and regain a level of independence for yourself.
That’s why we set up…
Circle Rehabilitation – providing world-class stroke rehabilitation in a purpose-designed centre
Circle Rehabilitation is a state-of-the-art world class rehabilitation centre designed to give people like you their independence back following a stroke.
We know that if you’ve had a stroke you’ll be anxious about the future, and possibly also concerned about being a burden on those you love.
Early stroke rehab is important
If you can begin stroke rehabilitation as soon as possible after a stroke (once clinical stability is achieved) it has been shown to lower the risk of further complications and to improve the chances of restoring function.
The duration of stroke rehabilitation depends greatly on the nature and severity of the stroke itself.
Some sufferers can recover within a few weeks while others will need long-term rehabilitation over an extended period of time spanning several months. (As a guide, at Circle Rehabilitation we tend to have people stay with us for their stroke rehab for 4-6 weeks, although this does vary as everyone is different.)
As a specialist stroke rehabilitation centre, we’re able to offer help with stroke recovery that can continue beyond the extremely limited time that many rehabilitation services in an acute setting can offer.
What you can expect when you get in touch with us
If you’ve experienced a stroke, please get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.
Once we’ve spoken with you, your case will be reviewed by one of our specialist neurological consultants who will assess your requirements.
If we’re able to help you, we’ll be in touch to arrange a visit with you which can be done at Circle Rehabilitation if you’re close to Reading and able to travel.
Alternatively we can visit you at home if you’re unable to travel or can carry out a phone assessment if you live a distance away. (It should be noted that we have people coming to us for stroke rehab from all over the UK, you don’t have to be living in Reading to benefit from our level of care and support.)
We’ll treat you as an individual, not a ‘hospital number’
Having visited with you, we’ll draw up a comprehensive plan for your stroke rehabilitation. This will be tailored specifically to you and based on your requirements and what the best possible treatment and rehab would be for you.
Our multidisciplinary team will work with you, and anyone who is helping to support you, to ensure you’ll receive the level of help and support you need, all based on best practice and the latest research and medical knowledge.
Circle offers you full support in the crucial first few weeks after a stroke in a comfortable, friendly and relaxed environment. When you visit with us, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our state-of-the-art centre and facilities.
Evidence-based treatment after stroke
Our stroke rehabilitation programmes are built on VAMED’s evidence-based Central European model to accelerate recovery.
Our team will devise an individualised treatment plan for you, including up to three hours of personal therapy a day. We offer state-of-the-art equipment, ample therapy space and care from a highly experienced team of therapists led by a rehabilitation consultant.
Family members welcome!
We know that sometimes staying away from home can be unsettling, particularly following a stroke which is disconcerting in itself. If you’d like a family member to stay overnight with you, every one of our 15 rooms has a pull-out bed for them to use. We find that many people really appreciate having a family member there for them in the initial stages, as a real emotional support.
Benefit from our expert multidisciplinary team
When you visit with us, you’ll benefit from our team of highly-specialised and skilled physicians. They work together to ensure you receive the best care, treatment and support possible.
(We often find that family members can benefit hugely from talking with our specialist clinical psychologist. Recovering from a stroke is tough on everyone involved, and many family members find being able to talk with someone about the unique pressures and challenges they’re facing is really helpful.)
Everything is focused on giving you back your independence as much as possible. If you have experienced a stroke, why not have your rehabilitation carried out by the very best specialists, in the very finest centre and with the very best possible care?
- Practise the exercises your therapist has set you
- Keep to a routine of exercising at a regular time each day (remember the more you do, the better, so try to exercise every day or at least three times a week)
- Use a notebook to remind you what you need to do and record your progress
- Remember to involve and move your affected side as much as possible
- Be patient with yourself. You are aiming for long-term rather than immediate results
- Many people worry that being active might cause another stroke. This is very unlikely, but if you have any pain or are excessively breathless (getting a little out of breath is a good thing), then stop. If this does not subside after a short rest then seek medical attention
- If you suffer from post-stroke fatigue, exercise can help but start slowly and build it up gradually. Choose a time of day to exercise when you are feeling relatively lively and recognise that you may need to rest afterwards
- Take steps to keep to a sensible weight
- Join an exercise group or stroke club to meet and be encouraged by other people
- Ask your physiotherapist about resuming sports and activities that you enjoy
- Try new activities that will help you to maintain or improve your recovery
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