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The month of May—American Stroke Month—serves as a reminder that each year, 800,000 people suffer a stroke. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the number one cause of disability, affecting people ages 15 and up. Nationally, the incidence of stroke among younger patients has nearly doubled in the past 20 years.

St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital and NeuroTexas Institute at St. David’s HealthCare offer a stroke program for active adults, “Active Adult Stroke Rehabilitation Program.” The program is designed to provide a complete continuum of care for stroke patients who survive a stroke at a young age. The program, which is associated with St. David’s Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, is the only one of its kind in Texas and one of only five centers in the nation.

The program offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient treatment options focusing on achieving the highest level of independence and functional recovery, as well as an improved quality of life, including: four or more hours of therapy each day, a neuroplasticity training lab, a computer lab, body weight-supported treadmill training, a neurological day program, in-car driver’s training, exercise programs, vision therapy and neuropsychology, among other services.

The program is led by Robert Lee, M.D., medical director of stroke and neurorehabilitation at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital.

Research indicates that patients who receive the most aggressive therapy possible immediately following a stroke have better outcomes. For more information about the program, “Active Adult Stroke Rehabilitation Program,” call (512) 544-8993.

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