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Living with Aphasia

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are affected by stroke each year. While each stroke affects people differently, one notable after effect is aphasia, a neurological disorder that affects communication. This disorder affects the areas in the brain that control and affect skills like speech, listening, reading, writing, and other related abilities.

Stroke is a major contributor to aphasia, although any disease or complication that damages the left half of the brain can cause the disorder. Here’s some insight into what it’s like to live with aphasia. 

Image of a man suffering from aphasia. Learn about what it’s like living with aphasia.

Stroke Therapy and Treatment

Recovering from a stroke can be a long and challenging process. It requires patience, persistence, and dedication. In collaboration with a team of medical specialists, stroke patients receive individualized treatments. Strokes can cause a wide variety of issues, but there are also a wide variety of treatments and facilities available.

A nurse works with a stroke patient. Contact Westshore to learn about stroke rehabilitation and recovery steps.

How Stroke Affects Your Body

A stroke is a debilitating attack on a person’s brain, and they affect hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year. 

Every stroke has a different impact on its victim and their body, from affecting cognitive abilities to motor skills and beyond. Understanding the ways a stroke can impact a patient is important to recognizing both the dangerous potential of a stroke as well as identifying the areas where recovery can begin.

Image of a woman in a wheelchair. Learn about how stroke affects your body.

Living Well: A Wellness and Weight Loss Program

A little health education can go a long way toward living well. The Living Well program can help teach you about how your food affects your body and the benefits of staying active. The program also comes with special perks, such as gym discounts and daily tips. There are even special rates for partners so that you can work toward living well with someone else by your side. Sign up for Living Well: A Wellness and Weight Loss Program today!


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Stroke Warning Signs

Strokes are among the leading causes of death in the United States. Nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer from a stroke every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a stroke occurs in the United States every 40 seconds. When someone begins to show signs that they may be suffering from a stroke, knowing the warning signs is the first step to a healthy recovery from stroke. 

Spot the warning signs of stroke and get help quickly. Talk to a Cleveland physician at Westshore to talk about stroke today.

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Jason Ridgel

In the 15 years Dr. Jason Ridgel has practiced for Westshore Primary Care, he’s shown a dedication to building relationships. His work allows him to get to know his patients and help them live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Dr. Ridgel has been fortunate enough to serve some patients long enough to provide care for four different generations of their family.

After years of care, people get to know their physician. Dr. Ridgel’s patients know that he practices what he preaches, as he’s a major proponent of staying active in his time outside of the doctor’s office.

Image of Dr. Jason Ridgel in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Get to know Dr. Ridgel in our latest physician spotlight.

New Study on How Smoking May Affect People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smoking is already an unhealthy activity, but there may now be even more evidence that smoking can be deadly for people with rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted by British researchers and published in Arthritis Care & Researchfound that people diagnosed with arthritis had a much higher risk of death if they smoked than if they were smoke free. 

Image of a woman quitting smoking. Learn about how smoking may lead to a high risk of mortality in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

FAQs about Autism

Autism is a disorder that many people have heard of, but not everybody really understands. Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, autism actually encompasses many different brain development disorders. April is Autism Awareness Month, so we’ve prepared some answers to some common questions you may have about autism.

Image for Autism Awareness Month. Contact Westshore about your autism spectrum disorder questions.