Disability Tax Credits for Cerebrovascular Accident: Stroke
Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) or Stroke, is a disabling condition characterized by the brain’s loss of physiologic function secondary to diminished or absence of oxygen supply to the brain most often because of blood clots and massive bleeding of brain tissues. When blood flow towards the brain is cut off longer than a few seconds, oxygen becomes deficient in the brain. When brain cells deteriorate and die, the brain becomes incapable of exerting a centralized control over the kidneys, lungs, heart, liver and all the other vital organs will also fail to function.
Physiologic functions such as vision, speech, hearing, arm and leg movements, walking, bowel and bladder functions, the ability to smell and eat will be drastically affected. Mental processes such as the ability to understand, think, remember and learn will also be affected.This condition may have a significant effect on the person and his family emotionally and financially as well.
According to statistics, 16,000 Canadians die from stroke annually, making it the fourth leading cause of mortality in Canada. In every 100 people stricken by a stroke, 15 people will die, 10 will be severely disabled requiring long-term care, 40 will suffer from moderate to severe disability and 25 will recover with a minor impairment. Only 10 out of the 100 will be able to recover completely. Every year, stroke costs the Canadian economy $2.7 billion.The average acute care costs per person is about $27,500 per stroke.
The major culprit causing stroke is high blood pressure. Other factors that place a person at high risk for developing stroke are obesity; race, blacks; age over 55 years old; high LDL cholesterol levels; history of Deep Vein Thrombosis, Diabetes Mellitus, cardiac disorders, relatives who suffered stroke, use of oral contraceptive pills and unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, high fat intake and sedentary living.
The signs and symptoms of stroke may develop suddenly and without warning and reflect which part of the brain is damaged. The most presenting sign of a stroke is sudden and excruciatingly painful headache due to bleeding in the brain. Other symptoms are as follows:
- Difficulty in walking and maintain balance and coordination
- Diminished sensations of touch, hearing, vision, speech and cognitive functions
- Altered taste and swallowing reflex
- Fecal and urinary incontinence
- One sided numbness, tingling and muscularfacial weakness and flimsy arms or legs
- Personality, mood, or emotional changes
- Confusion, lack of concentrationor memory loss
- Dizziness, loss of consciousness and coma
A stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention with the aim ofpreventing serious complications such as permanent neurologic damage or even death.Thorough medical management includes administration of medications which dissolve clots, antihypertensive medications, hydration and tube feeding.For the duration ofrehabilitation, a combination of occupational, speech or physical therapy may be prescribed. The intentof treatment subsequent toa stroke is to hasten recovery, regain impaired physiologic and avertfurther strokes from transpiring.
Disability Tax Credits for Stroke
If you have suffered from a stroke, you may be qualified to obtain a disability tax certificate from the Canadian Revenue Agency. Since your normal body functions may be impaired, you may be granted tax refunds in compensation for your disability. We, at HandyTax, are willing to help you in filing your claims. Permit us to be of help to you, call our hotline now.