After your loved one has had a stroke, it is important to know how to help keep them healthy and to do what you can to prevent another stroke. Survivors of strokes are at a higher risk of having another one, especially if their medications and health plans are not followed. Here are some things to keep in mind when your loved one has had a stroke. And remember that everyone is different, no one’s cause for stroke, recovery plan or medication regiment will be exactly the same as anyone else’s, so keep that in mind as you help care for your loved one.
Don’t forget the symptoms, and don’t be afraid to call 911 if you think they’re having another stroke. Remember, the sooner victims receive help, the less damage they’ll have to their brain.
Know what their medications are, and be sure they are taking them at regular times.
Know signs of depression and help stop it before it hinders recovery. Depression is common in 30-50% of patients after a stroke and may hinder the victim’s motivation to maintain their treatment plan.
Help them to be active, at a level that is right for them. Taking walks? Chair yoga? Stretching and light weights? It is important to practice cardiovascular exercise every day to keep blood pressure low and to keep the heart strong and veins and arteries flexible and healthy.
For a more complete list of things to keep in mind, see the Stroke Association website for 15 things to keep in mind. And remember, the best way to prevent strokes is to be active, eat right, and to not smoke!
by Michelle Kicherer of www.BananaPitch.com