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Better Lives With Care.Wallet: Stroke in Italy

A stroke is a dangerous medical occurrence which happens when part of the brain is affected by a shortage or reduction of blood supply which prevent it from obtaining nutrients or oxygen. Brain cells, fragile as they are, will start to die within minutes. The emergency of a stroke requires quick action to prevent complications and lower the chance of brain damage. Strokes have various symptoms, the most notable of which from outside observers is trouble speaking and slurring of words. Some other symptoms include paralysis, often on one side of the body, problems with sight, headaches, and difficulty walking.

With medical advances and better lifestyle changes, the incidences of stroke related deaths are decreasing. But stroke itself still has a relatively high incident rate in many countries that place a great burden on their healthcare systems. Take for example Italy, where the incident rate is between 175-360 per 100,000 population in men and 130-273 per 100,000 in women. From these figures, we can also deduce that stroke is more likely to occur in men than women. The risk factors also increase for people over the age of 55 and can be affected by other sources such as birth control which effects hormones, obesity, and various unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Although strokes happen suddenly and quickly, yet the aftereffects of one can be long if not permanently debilitating. Some of the physical disabilities include paralysis/loss of muscle movement, difficulty in speaking or swallowing, and pain in the parts that were affected by stroke. Many people who suffer stroke may also be affected emotionally, developing depression, show a change in behavior, and possibly experience memory loss or difficulties thinking. Digital health solutions, such as Care.Wallet, may be of great assistance in prevention through information, as well as post-stroke care, both for victims themselves and their caretakers. 

Care.Wallet is a powerful tool that has the ability to have everything patients may need for successfully managing their health. If experiencing unexpected symptoms, a patient can book an appointment with a few clicks directly in the App. If a patient needs a ride to the facility, Care.Wallet has got them covered with a medical transportation solution embedded. If it’s not possible to have an in-office visit, Care.Wallet allows for booking online appointments via Global Telehealth Exchange. 

With Care.Wallet the patient doesn’t have to worry about preparing for the appointment, as all their previous medical records are securely stored in their Care.Wallet and can be shared with all members of their care team in real-time. On top of that, Care.Wallet allows for symptom recording and management. Armed with all the necessary information, medical professionals can better evaluate the health condition of the patient and diagnose the problem. Prescriptions and referrals can be easily managed within the App as well. Care.Wallet has a comprehensive feedback function, called “How Are You Feeling Today” (HAYFT) Cards, that allows the patient to stay in touch with their care provider and report any changes to their health condition. In addition, the Care.Circle functionality provides an opportunity for the patient to have health information exchanged between all care professionals involved in their treatment. Family and friends can be invited to join their Care.Circle, as well to support the patient in their recovery and stay updated about their current health situation.

Care.Wallet is a powerful health management tool designed to offer a new improved standard of care and will improve the way healthcare works by putting patients in control of their health management. If you enjoyed this article, do take a look at our previous article Hypertension in Canada.

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