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Relationships After A Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Aug 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A stroke or other brain injury can have a significant impact on how the individual feels, on how they express their emotions and interact with the people around them. The most common emotional problems that are experienced after a stroke or other brain injury are depression, anxiety and confusion. As a result it is important to create an environment that is both positive and healthy to assist with a person’s emotional and physical recovery.

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Topics: brain injury

What are Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Centers? And what are the differences?

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Aug 24, 2016 9:30:00 AM

During the past several decades, stroke care in the United States has substantially evolved, with organizations such as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Brain Attack Coalition, and National Stroke Association all being at the forefront of this movement. One of the major advancements is the organization of care that has and is being transformed by primary and comprehensive stroke centers.

The following information will help you to understand what is a primary stroke center and what is a comprehensive stroke center and outline the differences between the two.

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Topics: stroke

Heat Stroke: Risk Factors and Prevention

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Aug 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Every year many people await summer eagerly: swimming, summer evening grill parties, vacation in the home or abroad. High temperatures have the potential however to lead to cardiovascular problems and carry a high stroke risk. It is therefore not surprising that more strokes happen during summer times.

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Topics: safety

5 Misconceptions about neurological visual field loss

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Aug 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM
Many of those who have had a stroke or other brain injury will experience vision problems, but often times they will not realize they have a visual field deficit.
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Topics: stroke, VRT, brain injury

What is a Transient Ischemic Attack?

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Aug 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are common, affecting at least 240,000 people each year in the United States.

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Topics: stroke, brain injury

Traveling with a visual impairment

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Jul 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Everybody needs a vacation from time to time. A change of air, a different environment, meeting new people or simply taking time for yourself can really lift your spirits. Having a visual deficit does not mean the end of all travel! It is very much possible to plan a trip as long as you put a little extra preparation for your travel arrangements, so here are some tips from NovaVision for this vacation season.

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Topics: safety

Heteronymous Hemianopia: A visual field condition resulting from a pituitary tumor

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Jul 20, 2016 10:30:00 AM

 

The pituitary gland is situated in the center of the brain, about 10 cm behind the nose, along a virtual line between the ears. In spite of its small size - about the size of a cherry-pit - it is very important. The pituitary gland is the superior ductless gland of the body and produces several different hormones which influence our growth, the functionality of our thyroid gland and our adrenal cortex.


A system in disorder

If a tumor develops from the cells of the pituitary gland, the tumor itself may start to produce hormones and unbalance the complete hormonal system. Not every pituitary tumor produces hormones, but it may exert pressure on the pituitary gland, thereby interfere with its normal hormone production and results in hormone deficiency.  

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Topics: stroke

We All Have It - The "Blind Spot"

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Jul 13, 2016 11:53:01 AM

Blind areas in the eye can be the result of an eye disease, vision disorders or a visual field loss – the “blind spot” however is an absolutely normal phenomenon found in every human being.  

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Topics: stroke, brain injury

What is Quadrantanopia?

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Jul 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In the context of neurological visual field loss we very often hear about hemianopia, the loss of the right or left half of the visual field in both eyes. However, some patients with neurological visual field loss find the term “quadrantanopia” in their medical records. If “hemianopia” means that you cannot see in half of your visual field, does “quadrantanopia” mean that you cannot see in a quarter of your visual field? Correct. Quadrantanopia refers to the loss of vision in one of the quarters of the visual field.

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Topics: stroke, brain injury

Driving After a Stroke or Other Brain Injury

Posted by Monica Gallegos on Jun 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Are you allowed to drive a car when you have suffered a stroke, a traumatic brain injury or other neurological disease? Can you drive a car with a visual field defect?

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Topics: safety, stroke, brain injury