The body depends on the brain for instructions for all of its functions - breathing, eating, talking, moving and thinking. Each part of the brain has specific functions it controls. In fact, the more the brain is studied the more that is learned about the very detailed areas and their functions. Thus, brain cells must have a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients, such as glucose, in order to function properly.

Brain cells are very delicate. When a blood vessel ruptures, or is blocked, and disrupts the blood supply for more than a few minutes the cells may be killed or permanently damaged. The result is a stroke. Other names for stroke include cerebral vascular accident (CVA); ruptured aneurysm; cerebral or brain hemorrhage; cerebral infarction, and ischemic attack.

Home Medical Equipment for Stroke Patients

Many adaptive devices may aid the stroke survivor in coping with issues of daily living. These could include: plate guards or adapted eating utensils; writing aids; one-handed food preparation devices; and bathing and toileting aids. A cane, a walker or a wheelchair can also enhance the possibilities for independent mobility.