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After suffering a stroke, the patient may live with physical or cognitive after-effects and complications. Despite rehabilitation, complete recovery is not always achieved and secondary disabilities that affect movement, coordination, or control may remain.
It is important to keep in mind the fact that, beyond the physical aspects, the patient may also suffer psychological problems that will need treatment.
Patients who have suffered a stroke may experience a variety of limitations and complications that can hinder optimal recovery. The most common after-effects are:
These include all injuries or complications that affect the patient’s body. The most common are related to motor deficits, sensory or language disorders and urinary incontinence:
Although less common, other injuries such as problems with sight, central pain, or infections can also occur.
During recovery, rehabilitation, or later on, mood swings may be noticed. These usually occur in the first three months after a stroke, although there are cases where they occur later. Symptoms are similar to other depressions: problems sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and reduced appetite.
The most common psychological problems are depression and anxiety. Depression usually occurs in one in three patients, and is more common in women and patients with previous problems with depression, psychiatric disorders or social isolation or poor family structure.
Emotional instability, apathy, irritability, and lack of awareness can also occur following a stroke.
In this case, the most common cognitive impairment occurs in the form of dementia, attention deficit, and decreased memory. There are also patients who present with problems relating to orientation, difficulty in planning, and organising tasks.
All of these factors have an impact on the patient’s family. In 60% of cases, the person who assumes the role of caregiver suffers from overload and anxiety at discharge. It is important:
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