Post Stroke Care at MCMH + Clinics:

Our post-stroke clinic at MCMH + Clinics offers convenient Telehealth visits with Dr. Marco Gonzalez-Castellon, a board-certified physician in Neurology and Vascular Neurology from Nebraska Medicine. These virtual visits allow for comprehensive post-stroke care, including monitoring recovery progress, discussing treatment plans, and addressing any concerns or questions you may have. With Dr. Gonzales' expertise and the convenience of Telehealth, we ensure that you receive exceptional post-stroke care.

What to expect after a stroke?

Surviving a stroke is just the beginning. We provide you with the tools to help you regain your independence. Stroke rehabilitation begins in the hospital, often within a day or two after a stroke. Rehab helps ease the transition from hospital to home and can help prevent another stroke. Recovery time after a stroke is different for everyone—it can take weeks, months, or even years. Some patients recover fully, but others may have long-term or lifelong disabilities.

If you have had a stroke, you can make great progress in regaining your independence. However, some problems may continue:

  • Paralysis (inability to move some parts of the body), weakness, or both on one side of the body
  • Trouble with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory
  • Problems understanding or forming speech
  • Trouble controlling or expressing emotions
  • Numbness or strange sensations
  • Pain in the hands and feet that worsens with movement and temperature changes
  • Trouble with chewing and swallowing
  • Problems with bladder and bowel control
  • Depression

What is stroke rehabilitation?

Stroke rehabilitation can include working with speech, physical, and occupational therapists, which all have different focuses and goals.

  • Speech therapy helps people who have problems producing or understanding speech.
  • Physical therapy uses exercises to help you relearn movement and coordination skills you may have lost because of the stroke.
  • Occupational therapy focuses on improving daily activities, such as eating, drinking, dressing, bathing, reading, and writing.
  • Therapy and medicine may help with depression or other mental health conditions following a stroke, while joining a patient support group may help you adjust to life after a stroke. Talk with your health care team about local support groups, or check with an area medical center.
  • Support from family and friends can also help relieve fear and anxiety following a stroke. Let your loved ones know how you feel and what they can do to help you.

How can I prevent another stroke?

If you have previously had a stroke, you are at high risk for another stroke. That’s why it’s important to treat the causes of stroke, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation (fast, irregular heartbeat)
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

Our medical experts prioritize the treatment of underlying causes such as heart disease, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, and diabetes through a combination of medication, dietary adjustments, exercise, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to further mitigate risks.

At MCMH + Clinics, we are committed to your well-being and strive to provide the comprehensive care necessary for your post-stroke journey, enabling you to lead a fulfilling and healthy life.