About stroke

Stroke is a sudden onset disease that affects the brain. It is a result of interrupted blood supply to the brain in one or several vessels. There are 2 main reasons for interruption of blood supply: 1) occlusion of vessel by blood clot (cerebral infarction); 2) rupture of blood vessel (haemorrhagic stroke); Damage to the particular part of the brain develops as a result of interrupted blood supply which manifests in physical disability (most commonly weakness on one side of the body), and/or cognitive and mental disability (lack of motivation, anxiety, depression). These are also known as neurological deficits.
Having a stroke is a life-changing event. It can change how you feel about yourself and make you worry about the future. Changes in responsibilities, relationships, work and financial situation can cause stress and sadness. The impact of stroke on the brain can also cause personality, mood and emotional changes. This means there is a strong connection between stroke, depression and anxiety. One in three stroke survivors experience depression at some point during the first years after stroke. Depression is most common in the first year after stroke, however, it can happen at any time. Anxiety may also occur, either by itself or together with depression. Partners, caregivers and family members of stroke survivors can experience depression and anxiety as well.

About digital therapy

A digital therapeutic is therapy that has been delivered by the means of digital technology. In case of stroke rehabilitation, it means that the standard, established and multi modal therapy that represents the golden standard of stroke care has been converted into digital therapy. That makes it accessible to a wide range of stroke survivors.
It is well known that in order to recover fully, stroke patients need daily, intensive, 6-18 month long rehabilitation. Unfortunately it is impossible to provide such physical rehabilitation to each stroke patient due to lack of human medical resources and rehab facilities. The Covid-19 pandemic has enhanced this problem since many stay home and self isolate, not receiving the treatment necessary. A digital therapeutic is incredibly helpful in such a situation, and serves as a solution to bridge the gap between the need for rehabilitation and its availability.
No. Vigo uses established, proven rehab techniques that implement the golden standard of stroke care. By deploying the latest technology, Vigo makes stroke treatment available to a large number of people improving the statistics of stroke patients receiving sufficient therapy.

Using Vigo app

Yes. Vigo falls into a group of devices called tele-rehabilitation or remote rehabilitation for stroke at home, which require only internet and a mobile device (currently, on iPad only) to run. This is especially important at the moment when vulnerable groups such as stroke survivors need to stay at home to protect themselves from getting infected. Vigo delivers comprehensive, on-demand stroke rehabilitation at home without putting patients at risk of getting infected with coronavirus.
Vigo can be considered as a personal rehab therapist that guides patients and their families through stroke recovery process and supports them by providing essential, comprehensive information on life post stroke. Vigo delivers all three of the most essential domains for successful recovery – physiotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and patient education. All three are personalized to each patient and their specific needs.
Yes. Comparing to the standard stroke rehabilitation process which requires the presence of a human professional, thus having a limited availability, Vigo provides comprehensive on-demand treatment 24/7.
Using a tablet or an iPad is recommended. Working with Vigo will be more suitable on a tablet since reading the chat bot’s answers and following instructions will be easier on a larger screen.
Vigo communicates with patients and their families by engaging an artificial intelligence based chat bot which guides patients through their individual daily plan. Physiotherapy is delivered through tailored video instructions on specific exercises. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and patient/family education is delivered in conversation form with the chat bot,
Yes. Vigo is created by several medical professionals including doctors, physiotherapists, psychotherapists and many others.

If you have any other questions regarding stroke rehabilitation and how Vigo can help you, please contact us at info[at]vigo.health

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