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American Stroke Society president is also a stroke survivor

On behalf of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C. posted in Social Security Disability Benefits for Injuries on Friday, May 3, 2013. Pittsburgh readers might assume that a stroke is an issue only for the elderly. However, as the president of the American Stroke Association can attest, individuals of all ages might be at risk for brain injury -- and a resulting physical disorder -- caused by blocked or ruptured blood vessels to the brain. The association president has firsthand experience in this regard: She suffered a stroke at the age of 27. In the association president's case, she later discovered that a genetic condition increases her susceptibility to blood clots and causes a deficiency of a certain clot-removing protein in her body. Those two influences may have resulted in her stroke at such a young age. Since the incident, the woman has taken medication to prevent blood clot formation.

The woman's recovery from her stroke was not overnight, however. She was able to speak again in three days, and strength on her left side returned in about a week. However, she states that other skills were as if they had been deleted from her memory bank. For example, she had to relearn certain work duties, and even the basic skill of using a calendar.

Other stroke victims are not as lucky. The association ranks strokes as the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. For those who do survive, many struggle with short or long-term disability. Sometimes the incident may also uncover other physical conditions, as in the association president's case. Although her genetic condition has proven to be manageable with medication, other health discoveries made by stroke survivors might not be as treatable. Heart disease, in particular, might be one especially problematic area.

If recuperation from a stroke is expected to take longer than 12 months, survivors might benefit from a consultation with a Social Security disability insurance benefits attorney.

SSDI payments to disabled applicants with a qualifying work history can help cover the costs of physical therapy or other treatments.

Source: usatoday.com, "American Heart Association president tells stroke story," Nanci Hellmich, April 30, 2013

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