What is stroke?

Stroke is a sudden onset disease that affects the brain. It is a result of interruption of 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 (AKA cerebral infarction);
2) rupture of blood vessel (AKA haemorrhagic stroke);

Damage to the particular part of the brain develops as a result of interruption of blood supply which manifests with physical disability (most commonly weakness of one side of the body) and/or mental disability (lack of motivation, anxiety, depression). These are also known as neurological deficits.

What is digital therapeutic?

Digital therapeutic is a therapy that has been delivered by means of digital technology. In case of stroke rehabilitation it means that standard, established, multimodal therapy, that represents a golden standard of stroke care has been converted into digital therefore made very accessible to a wide range of people.

Why is there a need for a digital therapeutic in case of Stroke rehabilitation?

It is well known that in order to recover to the full potential, patients need daily, intensive, 6-18 months long rehabilitation, which is humanly impossible to deliver to each and every patient (there will never be enough human professionals and rehab facilities to accommodate this need). Digital therapeutic is a solution that bridges the gap between the large need for rehabilitation treatments and its availability. 

How can Vigo help me or my relatives recover from stroke?

Vigo can be considered as a personal rehab therapist that guides patients and their families through the recovery process and supports them by providing essential information on many aspects of life after stroke.

Vigo delivers 3 most essential domains for successful recovery – physiotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and patient education. Those 3 come in a highly personalized way according to the patient’s specific problem. 

Is Vigo Digital Therapy available on demand?

Yes, in contrast to the standard rehabilitation process which requires the presence of a human professional, therefore has a limited availability, Vigo provides comprehensive on-demand treatment 24/7.

What is the best device for using Vigo App?

Use of a tablet computer is recommended for talking and working with Vigo because it is easier to read bot’s answers and follow instructions on a larger screen.

How does Vigo deliver therapy?

Vigo communicates with patients and their family by means of engaging AI based chatbot which guides patients through the individual daily plan. 

Physiotherapy is delivered by tailored video instructions on specific exercises. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and patient/family education is delivered in the form of chatbot based conversations. 

Is Digital Therapeutic for Stroke recovery some kind of a new treatment?

No, Vigo uses established, proven rehab techniques that represent Golden Standard of Stroke care. By deploying the latest technology, Vigo makes these treatments available to a large number of people on a daily basis, therefore improving results of Stroke care.

Are people behind Vigo healthcare professionals?

Yes, Vigo is created by a large number of professionals including Doctors, Physiotherapists, Psychotherapists, Developers, IT specialists and many others. 

Why does Vigo use Cognitive-Behavioral therapy?  

It is well known that stroke creates not only physical disability but mental disability too. Mental disability most often represents a lack of motivation, anxiety and depression. The main method that is used to help cure depression and anxiety is CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). It’s widely used by psychotherapists and recognized all over the world. 

Good thing about CBT is that it is highly standardized, therefore can be adopted to be used by AI based chatbots. All conversations that Vigo can have with patients are designed by our psychologists, neuroscientists, and storytellers.

More than that, Vigo also uses a lot of different methods that can help you recover: positive psychology and mindfulness. All of this can help you or your relative recover faster and more effectively.

What is the link between depression, anxiety, and stroke?

Having a stroke is a life-changing event. It can change how you feel about yourself and make you worry about the future. Changes to responsibilities, relationships, work and finances 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 people experience depression at some point during the first years after stroke. Depression is most common in the first year after a 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.

Why is there a need for a novel, digital way of rehabilitation for Stroke?

Current models of rehabilitation after Stroke are based on human professionals (physiotherapists, psychotherapists, rehab physicians and others) that work one-on-one with each and every patient. Since Stroke recovery is a very intense process and there are way more patients than human professionals available, almost all of the patients have no access to rehabilitation treatment in sufficient amounts. This is one of the main reasons for poor results of outcome after Stroke.