Engin Çakar: ‘Stroke is no longer a disease of the elderly’

A New Life After Stroke Symposium was held, where the importance of starting neurorehabilitation after stroke and stroke and the recovery process were explained. prof. Dr. Engin Çakar, in the symposium held, said, “Stroke is not a disease of the elderly, it is a disease of all ages. Cerebral hemorrhage is also a stroke, cerebral vascular occlusion is also a stroke.

Memorial Şişli Hospital Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department Head Prof. Dr. ‘A New Life After Stroke Symposium’ was held by Engin Çakar and his team, where the importance of starting neurorehabilitation after stroke and stroke and the recovery process were explained. At the symposium held at Memorial Şişli Hospital, Prof. Dr. Engin Çakar, Assist. Assoc. Dr. İlknur Saral, experienced occupational therapists and physiotherapists of the team participated as speakers. In the symposium, patients and their relatives who started a new life with post-stroke neurorehabilitation shared their experiences during the recovery process.

Making statements at the symposium, Memorial Şişli Hospital Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department Head Prof. Dr. Engin Çakar stated that the symposium was an event they held under the name of ‘A New Life After Stroke’ and said, “It is a symposium where we want to tell more about how patients feel when they encounter this disease and how they integrate into life in a good way. So we call it the patient symposium. Here, all patients, their mothers, fathers, spouses and children shared their experiences. They had the opportunity to tell about the difficulties they encountered. We will convey what kind of medical processes we have done here,” he said.

“Stroke is not a disease of the elderly, stroke is a disease of all ages”
Adding that their aim is to raise awareness about stroke, Prof. Dr. Çakar said, “Stroke is not a disease of the elderly, stroke is a disease of all ages. Cerebral hemorrhage is also a stroke, cerebral vascular occlusion is also a stroke. So let’s be aware and prevent it. However, by providing the best treatment and rehabilitation, let’s get the patient back to his free life again.

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“We want to learn how to get down together and how to fight it”
Prof. Stating that the patients had great examples of struggle at the symposium held, Prof. Dr. Çakar said, “In this symposium, a stroke that happened to a newly married couple and a process that was overcome with love afterward, is a reflection of a patient at the peak of his managerial career, a brain hemorrhage that happened during the treatment after a stroke, while a young businessman was singing, and the struggle that followed. It has a story. With these stories, we want to learn about stroke and learn how to fight stroke,” he said.

“It is a difficult process, but believing overcomes everything”
Levent Çaycı, the wife of Hatice Çaycı, who suffered from stroke, expressed her experiences during this period in her speech at the event and said, “We caught this disease during IVF treatment. We had an inpatient process for about 1 year. Then we went from Bursa to Istanbul for treatment. We gradually started to become hopeful from despair. We got through these tough times. Our situation is good now, we are trying to be even better. It is very difficult for a person to suddenly lose all his physical functions and not be able to speak. My wife used to work in the call center, it was very important for her to talk. It was a difficult process, but believing overcomes everything,” he said. Hatice Çaycı, who had a long treatment process, said, “I hope I will succeed.”

“I slowly started to regain my old health”
Eser Küçük, who suffered from stroke in Cyprus and remembers that he first fainted while singing, said, “After a very severe headache, I fainted at home. Then my family took me to the hospital. These faintings have happened to me a couple of times before. I spent about 2 months in the intensive care unit of the hospital. I came to Turkey to be treated, here I slowly started to regain my old health. After the rehabilitation process, I am very well now.”

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“It is very important that the patient meet early with the physical therapy process”
Stating that he lost his left side physically after a cerebral hemorrhage, Armağan Erdoğan said, “I could not walk and use my left arm. prof. Dr. Engin Çakar and his team applied a very intense physical therapy program to me. In the robotic rehabilitation center, we were working from 08.30 in the morning until the evening with the guidance of physical therapists. When I was discharged, I even threw my walking stick out of my hand. I was able to integrate into normal life. At this point, the most important thing is actually physical therapy. It is very important for the patient to meet early with this rehabilitation.”

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