Suddenly, often without warning, a life can change forever, when part of the brain stops working due to a blocked or burst blood vessel. Basic functions such as communicating, walking and thinking, as well as personality, may be changed. No stroke survivor or survivor's caregiver, ever takes the simple things for granted again. Many people underestimate how much they are at risk from stroke and are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms. Much can be done to prevent stroke, and, should you or a loved one fall victim, rehabilitation can also do much to rebuild strength and co-ordination. This book explains what a stroke is and what you can do to prevent one occurring; why immediate treatment may prevent serious disability; and explains how survivors and their families can rebuild their lives. Featuring case studies, diagrams and charts, Stroke is a vitally informative guide to a potentially life-threatening condition.
Vladimir Hachinski is Professor of Neurology, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, University of Western Ontario and director of the South Western Ontario Stroke Programme. He is a world-renowned stroke expert and editor-in-chief of Stroke, the leading publication in the field. His daughter, Larissa Hachinski, is a history graduate, an interviewer and a freelance writer.