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Book Review: “Stroke”

Stroke by Richard Iain Lindley

Community Health Education Ctr  General Collection (RC388.5 .L56 2008)

Reviewed by: Brooke Dave, Community Health Education Center Intern

Globally, stroke incidences are staggering, with about 16 million people having a stroke each year. Stroke has been recognized for many thousands of years and is considered the 3rd most common cause of death in developed countries. Many famous leaders have been affected by strokes over the centuries, leaving them disabled or even leading up to their death, impacting political history. People who get strokes are people with diseased heart and blood vessels, damaged by a lifetime of high blood pressure and the build-up of fatty deposits in the bloodstream. The older you are the more likely you are to have accumulated these problems. Many stroke factors are reversible and can be treated successfully. Most strokes can also be prevented effectively by numerous small changes.

This book, Stroke, is fairly short and to the point. It consists of eight chapters giving you all the information you need to know about cause, effect, and prevention of stroke. The author stresses the importance of prevention and gives you tips on how to lower your hypertension, as well as how to take your own blood pressure at home. The first few chapters go over what stroke is scientifically/medically and then proceeds to go over which people are more predisposed to get strokes in their lifetime. Further, the author breaks down rehabilitation and preventing relapse in the last two chapters. The book also contains informative side-by-side pictures representing before and after effects on the brain.

One of the most important things that were discussed in this informative book was the ability to prevent strokes. Taking control of your diet was listed as a key point in proper stroke prevention. Cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, as well as high cholesterol are all related to strokes across the world.  What was most interesting to learn was how many people this easily preventable disease affected and will continue to affect over time and history. The author also points out, that support after a stroke is extremely necessarily for patients because without support people who are affected can be predisposed to have another episode, which is something most people don’t really take into consideration. The chances of a stroke patient who has undergone a severe paralyzing stroke to make improvements are higher among those who received proper care afterwards.

This book is one of the best resources for anyone looking for stroke information. It covers everything from how it happens, epidemiology of stroke (incidence and prevalence), after effects, even interference with work and sex life. The information in this book is thorough and legitimate. The author, Richard Lindley is a highly qualified professor of geriatric medicine from Sydney, Australia, which guarantees the accuracy of the content. By the end of this book. the reader should have an excellent overview on what stroke really is and how to deal with it.

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