Dr. Campbell: Horseback riding and music therapy may improve outcomes after a stroke
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Dr. Campbell: Horseback riding and music therapy may improve outcomes after a stroke

August 29, 2019


NEAR 90 DEGREES INTO YOUR WEEKEND WITH A CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND STORMS. LET’S TURN TO THE HEALTH NEWSPRINT WITH 800,000 AMERICANS SUFFERING A STROKE EACH YEAR THE CONDITION IS THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE COUNTRY. FOR SURVIVORS RECOVERY CAN BE A LIFELONG CHALLENGE TO REGAIN ABILITIES WE TAKE FOR GRANTED. A NEW STUDY SHOWS HORSES MIGHT HELP. DOCTOR CAMPBELL JOINS US IN THE STUDIO WITH MORE ON THE STUDY. THIS IS VERY INTERESTING. EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SUFFER A STROKE PICK WE WANT FOR ALL OF YOU TO THINK OF A STROKE AS A BRAIN ATTACK JUST LIKE A HEART ATTACK. IN MOST CASES A STROKE OCCURS WHEN AN ARTERY THAT SUPPLIES BLOOD TO THE BRAIN BECOMES BLOCKED AND BRAIN TISSUE DIES. THE ONLY WAY WE CAN PREVENT PERMANENT DISABILITY IS TO SEEK RAPID TREATMENT TO A BLOCK THAT ARTERY WITH A DRUG OR A SPECIAL CATHETER PROCEDURE. FORTUNATELY WE HAVE MANY OF THESE SPECIALIZED HOSPITALS LIKE DUKE MEDICAL CENTER THAT CAN TAKE CARE OF THAT PROBLEM. WE GET THROUGH THE STROKE. A LOT OF PEOPLE DEALING WITH DISABILITIES AFTER THAT. HOW MIGHT HORSEBACK RIDING HELP? RESEARCHERS FOUND TWO UNCONVENTIONAL THERAPIES SUCH AS HORSEBACK RIDING AND MUSIC THERAPY HELP THESE PATIENTS RECOVER. AFTER SIX MONTHS OF IT PATIENTS WHO WENT THROUGH EITHER MUSIC OR WRITING HORSES FOR THERAPY SHOWED BETTER BALANCE AND MOBILITY VERSUS THOSE IN STANDARD THERAPY. THEY FELT BETTER. AFTER SIX MONTHS OVER HALF THE PATIENTS IN THE HORSEBACK GROUP LEAVE THEIR RECOVERY HAD PROGRESSED. AS DID 43% OF THE MUSIC GROUP. A LOT OF TIMES WE FEEL LIKE SOME OF THESE ABILITIES ARE PERMANENT. IF WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS THAT IS GREAT PICK THE EMOTIONAL HEALING. TELL US ABOUT THE WARNING SIGNS. STROKE SURVIVAL WITHOUT PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE IS ABOUT TIMING. IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS CALL 911. THINK OF FAST FACIAL DROOPING ARM WEAKNESS SPEECH DIFFICULTY TIME TO CALL 911.

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