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Stroke Recovery is in the Cards

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Judy's cardmaking and other activities are good exercises for her fine motor skills.

When Judy Knoch of Millstadt woke up one morning last November, she couldn’t walk straight. Her husband, Karl, brought her to St. Anthony’s immediately.

“That was a total surprise,” said Judy, a retired housewife, mother of two and grandmother of four, who was in good health otherwise and continues to make strides with her recovery. “I could not have asked for better care. Everybody was perfect, from the doctors and nurses to the techs.”

“My whole left side didn’t work until the Acute Rehab staff worked with me,” Judy notes. “I pushed it. They worked with me and they gave me time to rest: they didn’t work me to where I was totally exhausted.”

St. Anthony’s is one of only a few hospitals in the region to be certified by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as a Level One Stroke Center, or the highest level of stroke care available. Judy, then 73, had suffered an ischemic stroke, which accounts for 87 percent of all stroke cases.

These days, Judy walks without any assistance in her home and uses a cane when she goes out. She’s also returned to her hobbies of counted cross-stitching, cardmaking and scrapbooking, and has come a long way since her stroke.

“Mini” strokes: The SCOOP on TIAs

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) produces similar symptoms to a stroke, but usually lasts only a few minutes and causes no permanent damage. Often called a mini-stroke, a transient ischemic attack may serve as a warning. According to the Mayo Clinic, one third of people who suffer a transient ischemic attack will eventually have a stroke, with about half occurring within a year after the transient ischemic attack.

Did you know?

St. Anthony’s is involved in several research protocols. It’s the only hospital in St. Louis, and one of 100 around the world, to be involved in MISTIE-III, a five-year clinical trial launched by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2013 to confirm the safety and long-term efficacy of thrombolysis in the treatment of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).