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Stroke Survivors: What You Need to Know

Tailwind™ from Encore Path has been clinically shown in medical research to permanently improve arm movement in stroke patients who have lost upper extremity function due to stroke or other brain injury. The device is non-invasive, portable and practical, and can be used in the comfort of your home.

The National Stroke Association describes a stroke as a “brain attack” that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, which interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these happens, brain cells begin to die, causing brain damage. As brain cells die, that area of the brain that controls certain abilities throughout the body is also lost. These abilities include speech, movement and memory.

More than two-thirds of stroke survivors experience some type of disability.

Stroke ranks as the third leading cause of death, and the number one cause of disability among adults in the United States. Stroke symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg—especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

More than 750,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, while more than 5,500,000 Americans currently live with disabilities associated with stroke.

If you or someone you love has had a stroke and has lost upper extremity function, take our self test to see if Tailwind is right for you.