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Team of specialists helps stroke patients along road to recovery

Jennifer Spieker and Joshua Onyan (photo by Jim Howe)

Jennifer Spieker and Joshua Onyan
(photo by Jim Howe)

After the initial treatment for a stroke, a team of specially trained people helps guide the patient through recovery both in the hospital and after discharge. Upstate stroke outreach coordinator and nurse Joshua Onyan and occupational therapist Jennifer Spieker describe this process, during which a patient is evaluated and helped with needs that might include therapy to recover speech or movement, as well as monitoring medications and overall health. They note that young people are also affected by stroke and that each patient faces different challenges, often depending on which area of the brain the stroke  affected. Click here for more information about stroke and its treatment, including how to spot a stroke in progress, from the Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center.