The CRSN team has developed this series of infographics to help you better understand some of the common concerns following a stroke. Click on a topic below to view or print the infographic. They are listed alphabetically. Please note that all infographics are also available on the French side of this website.


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 The Infographics:

medical chartAdvance Care Planning  Preparing an advance care plan can ensure that you receive treatment that honours your values and wishes.

 Aphasia  is when the part of the brain that controls speech and language is injured because of a stroke.
falling Balance and Falls Post Stroke  About 40% of all stroke survivors will fall within the first year.
blood pressure Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home  Measuring your blood pressure at home is one of the best ways to know if it is under control.
taking meds Blood Pressure Medication Information  High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke.
sadnessChanges to Emotions and Mood  Approximately one-third to two-thirds of stroke survivors will experience depression.
conversation Communication  Aphasia, speech problems and cognitive-communication problems.
Brain Delirium is a suddenly confused state of mind. Delirium is common in acute stroke. (Credit: The Ottawa Hospital and the Champlain Region Patient, Family and Caregiver Education Program) 
car Driving  A stroke can affect the mental and physical abilities that are needed for driving.
swallowing Dysphagia  
Problems with chewing and swallowing food and liquids.
exercise Exercise and Mobility  Exercise is an important part of recovery and can reduce your risk of having another stroke by about 30%.
fatigue Fatigue Post Stroke is intense tiredness that isn’t always related to how active you’ve been and does not improve as quickly with rest.
healthy food Healthy Eating  The food we eat can play an important part in preventing a stroke.
incontinence Incontinence  With lifestyle changes and treatment, about 80% of incontinence problems can be resolved.

taking meds Medication - Taking your Medications  After a stroke or a mini-stroke, your risk of having another stroke is higher.

medicationMedication - Apixaban (Eliquis®)  Apixaban is an oral anticoagulant, often called a “blood thinner”.

medicationMedication - Aspirin  Your doctor prescribed baby aspirin to keep blood clots from forming. 

Medication - Clopidogrel (Plavix®)  Your doctor prescribed clopidogrel to keep blood clots from forming.
 medicationMedication - Dabigatran (Pradaxa®)  Dabigatran is an oral anticoagulant, often called a “blood thinner”.
medication Medication - Edoxaban (Lixiana®)  Edoxaban is an oral anticoagulant, often called a “blood thinner”.
medication Medication - Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®)  Your doctor prescribed rivaroxaban to keep blood clots from forming.
medication Medication - Statins  Your doctor prescribed a statin to lower cholesterol and avoid stroke or heart attack.
medication Medication - Warfarin (Coumadin®)  Your doctor prescribed warfarin to keep blood clots from forming.
toothbrush Oral Health  Poor oral health is linked to serious health problems.
shoulder pain Pain  About a third of all stroke survivors will experience pain.
quitting smoking Quitting Smoking  Smoking can increase your risk of stroke by as much as three times.
intimacy Sexuality Post Stroke  Up to 75% of stroke survivors will experience a change in their ability and/or desire to return to sexual activity.
walking aid Spasticity  is increased activity or “tone” in your muscles making them feel stiff and tight.
Eye Visual Field Deficit  One-third of stroke survivors will have some loss of vision.
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