New discovery of how Alzheimer’s medication can help speed up the recovery of stroke patients. “Evidence is mounting that drugs used to treat depression and Alzheimer’s disease also can help patients recover from strokes.
But there are conflicting findings from studies of these and other drugs given to recovering stroke patients. Large, well-designed studies are needed before any drug can be recommended routinely for stroke recovery, according to a study in the journal Drugs and Aging by neurologists Xabier Beristain, MD, and Esteban Golombievski, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
“These medications have not yet been clearly proven to be of benefit to patients recovering from strokes,” Dr. Beristain said.
Speech and physical therapies traditionally have been the mainstays of stroke rehabilitation programs. But more than half of stroke survivors are left with some neurological impairment. “The limitations of these rehabilitation efforts have sparked an interest in finding other ways to enhance neurological recovery,” Drs. Beristain and Golombievski write.”
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