About 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.
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.

About digital therapy

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.
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). Not to mention the recent Covid-19 virus outbreak in the world which keeps patients in self isolation and quarantine, therefore away from any kind of rehabilitation. Digital therapeutic is a solution that bridges the gap between the large need for rehabilitation treatments and its availability.
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.

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 mobile devices (Apple Ipad is recommended) to run. This is especially important at times when vulnerable groups (where most stroke survivors belong) need to stay in isolation at home to prevent getting infected. Vigo delivers comprehensive, on-demand stroke rehabilitation at home without putting patients at risk of infection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, Vigo is created by a large number of professionals including Doctors, Physiotherapists, Psychotherapists, Developers, IT specialists 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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