Posted by Divya Sathyanarayanan

Grigor Jallatyan led a healthy lifestyle. When his sister suffered a stroke, Grigor developed concerns about his own health. “I have read that there is a genetic tendency for members of the same family to develop stroke,” he says.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and impacts around 795,000 Americans each year.

His fear came true—stroke robbed Grigor’s movement and left him paralyzed. Varduhi Jallatyan, Grigor’s wife, immediately called 911. An ambulance rushed him to CHA HPMC where he was given immediate treatment.

As a Joint Commission accredited Primary Stroke Care Center, CHA HPMC has the infrastructure and personnel to offer high quality stroke care. In addition, stroke patients receive treatment meeting and often exceeding national, evidence-based standards, and measures for the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

After receiving care, Grigor was shifted to our inpatient rehabilitation unit. He arrived in a wheelchair, unable to walk or do anything by himself – but was determined to recover. Our interdisciplinary team of health care professionals—doctors, nurses, and therapists—created a personalized plan of treatment to help Grigor get back on his feet. “There is no care like this in the whole world. The rehab team spends hours with me and helps me get better. Each day, we go to a gym where I perform various exercises to regain strength with the help of my therapist. We even use high-end equipment,” he says.

CHA HPMC’s rehabilitation unit offers a specialized gym with exercise and conditioning equipment like state-of-the-art body weight support systems, balance balls, dumbbells, and mobility tools like stairs and parallel bars, among others. Each patient receives three hours of daily therapy including physical, occupational, and speech therapy depending on their needs.

“I will be back on my feet soon and I’m really lucky to get such care,” says Jallatyan, as he gets ready for his daily physical therapy.
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