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What You Must Know About Strokes: How To Recover from a Stroke and Prevent Another Stroke

Square One. Oct. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780757004834. pap. $16.95. MED
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Someone who expects and plans for a stroke would be a rare individual. The life-altering effects on the patient, family, and friends usually happen suddenly and devastatingly. Towfighi (chief of neurology, Keck Sch. of Medicine, Univ. of Southern California) and stroke survivor Stevens (MSci nutrition science) combine their clinical and practical knowledge to assemble a guide that offers information to those thrust into this new life understand what has happened and how to move forward. Beginning with concise explanations of what a stroke is and who is at risk, the authors then present three broad categories: experiencing a stroke, prevention of recurrence, and life afterward. The detailed text is augmented in each section with sidebars that include advice for caregivers, along with clearly presented tables and charts, a thorough glossary, and a list of resources. A brief discussion of COVID-19 and stroke is also included. Sections on rehabilitation serve to help all parties involved understand on what to expect and how to prepare. Physical recovery, as well as psychological and social adjustments are also covered.
VERDICT Taking advantage of their distinct areas of expertise, Towfighi and Stevens deliver a clear and thorough guide that should be a solid one-stop resource for patients and their support circle.

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