Strokes occur when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted or stopped. The term stroke was first used to describe someone suddenly being struck by the illness, resulting in paralysis or unconsciousness.
Until recently, there were not any treatments to decrease the disabling results of the stroke event. There are now medications available to assist with prevention of major disabling conditions, but they must be administered within three hours of the onset of symptoms.
The Brain Injury Transitional Services (BITS) program in the Mabee Rehabilitation Center can help patients who are stroke survivors cope with the challenges of recovering.
Stroke Support Group
Formed in 2002 and led by Marc Stevens, a stroke survivor, Stroke Folks helps survivors and their loved ones understand the physical and emotional changes accompanying a stroke and promote the healing process. Monthly newsletters are sent to participants providing information about the program and topics to be covered in the upcoming meetings. Stroke Folks meets at 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the Texas Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please call 817-250-4991.