Stroke – Stroke in Michigan

There are two different kinds of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot closes off an artery and inhibits blood flow to a specific area inside the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel in or near the brain bursts cutting off the oxygen supply to an area of the brain. Regardless of the cause stroke leads to the death of brain cells and brain damage. When these brain cells die, the functions associated with the affected area of the brain are lost. These functions may include speech, memory or movement. Many Michigan residents require custom orthotics to help them regain proper function after a stroke.  In the state of Michigan, stroke is the fourth common cause of death.
The state has established the Michigan Stroke Incentive, which is an association made up of stroke experts that work together to educate and inform residents about strokes. The Michigan Stroke Incentive uses the acronym FAST, to help people recognizing stroke symptoms. The F is for face. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, have them smile and check to see if either side of the person’s face droops. The A is for arms. Ask the person to hold out their arms and check to see if one drifts downward. The S is for speech. Have the person repeat what you say and check for slurred or strange speech. The T is for time, because if the person exhibits even one of these symptoms you must call 911 for help immediately. The quicker the person suffering from a stroke has medical assistance the better.
The Michigan Stroke Network is another service founded by Trinity Health and made up of a network of hospitals in Michigan working together to deliver the best stroke care in the state. The various services in the state offer people the information they need to know what a stroke is and how to tell if someone is having a stroke, because immediate medical attention is required. The symptoms of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, loss of balance of coordination, trouble seeing, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding and severe headache.

Of the two types, ischemic stroke is the most common in fact 88% of strokes fall into this category.  The good news is that most can be prevented.  Because in Michigan, stroke is so common, it is important for residents to know that getting proper medical care and adopting a healthier lifestyle can prevent most strokes. The Michigan Stroke Incentive provides the information needed for residents to understand how to reduce their risk of stroke. Some of the most significant risk factors are diabetes, atrial fibrillation (the atria of the heart beats fast and erratically), high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Things you can do to help are; avoid smoking, exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes a day) and adopt a diet full of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates as well as maintain yearly check ups and talk to your doctor about how you can customize a plan specifically for you to reduce the chances of stroke.
Michigan owned businesses like Teter Orthothics and Prosthetics are dedicated to helping stroke sufferers regain their previous functionality. The twenty different Michigan locations offer solutions such as ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) and cutting edge systems including the wireless Bioness NESS L300 that delivers low-level electrical stimulation to the nerves controlling the muscles that lift the foot.  These and many other custom orthoses products help Michigan stroke suffers regain mobility and independence. Click here to find contact information for one of the many Michigan locations near you including Traverse City, Petoskey, Grand Rapids and Cadillac.