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Stroke (cont.)

Other Treatment

Stroke rehabilitation (rehab) is a critical part of a successful recovery. Early rehab, begun as soon as possible after the stroke, helps to reduce dependence on others. Most recovery occurs during the first 3 months after a stroke but may continue slowly over the next few years. For more information, see the topic Stroke Rehabilitation.

Carotid artery stenting (also called carotid angioplasty and stenting) is now being done as an alternative to surgery for preventing transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke. In this procedure, a doctor threads a thin tube called a catheter through an artery in the groin and up to the carotid arteries in your neck. The doctor then uses a tiny balloon to enlarge the narrowed portion of the artery and places a wire mesh stent to keep the artery open. Carotid artery stenting is not as common as carotid endarterectomy.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NIH Neurological Institute
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Phone: 1-800-352-9424
Phone: (301) 496-5751
TDD: (301) 468-5981
Web Address: www.ninds.nih.gov

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a part of the National Institutes of Health, is the leading U.S. federal government agency supporting research on brain and nervous system disorders. It provides the public with educational materials and information about these disorders.


American Stroke Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478-7653)
Web Address: www.strokeassociation.org

This association provides information and referrals to local self-help groups for people who have had a stroke and for their families. Pamphlets and other information can be obtained by calling the Dallas office (toll-free).


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
Phone: 1-877-267-2323 toll-free
Phone: (410) 786-3000
TDD: (410) 786-0727
Web Address: www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp

Nursing Home Compare is a website with information about every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. The site allows you to search for nursing homes by name, city, county, state, or ZIP code. It also allows you to compare the quality of nursing homes using a five-star rating. The site also has information on alternatives to nursing homes, such as home care or assisted living.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CMS also has other responsibilities, such as overseeing the health insurance portability standards, which include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and ensuring quality care standards in long-term care facilities and clinical laboratories.


Family Caregiver Alliance
180 Montgomery Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 1-800-445-8106
(415) 434-3388
Email: info@caregiver.org
Web Address: www.caregiver.org

This organization supports and assists people who are providing long-term care at home. It also provides education, research, services, and advocacy.


National Stroke Association
9707 East Easter Lane, Building B
Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: 1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6537)
Fax: (303) 649-1328
Email: info@stroke.org
Web Address: www.stroke.org

This association provides education, information, referrals, and research on stroke. Information specific to survivors, caregivers, family, women, and children is included.


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