Posts Tagged ‘stroke’

Driving After a Stroke: Is It Safe?

Suffering from a stroke doesn’t automatically mean you have to give up your driver’s license. There are many things to consider before getting back on the road including the severity of the stroke, visual, mobility or mental impairments suffered, and your level of coordination post-stroke just to name a few. Make sure to discuss your driving plans with your doctor and make sure you feel confident and ready before taking the wheel. The AARP’s article “Driving After a Stroke is Possible” has great tips for anyone struggling with whether or not to get back on the road.

Recovering from Stroke: The Value of Rehabilitation

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke causes a death every 4 minutes, is more likely to happen to females than males, and is the leading cause of disability in adults. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke is critical, as better outcomes can often be achieved if emergency treatment is received quickly. It is also important to understand your risk factors. Many people incorrectly believe that strokes aren’t preventable, but according to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of strokes are avoidable.

Just as timely treatment is important during a stroke, having a plan for recovery after a stroke is vital. Your doctor can help you develop a rehabilitation plan with the goal of recovering as much independence as possible. Depending on the severity of the stroke, going home and working towards resuming your daily activities may be a very real possibility. You may need the help of a trained caregiver as you ease back into your routine for a short while, but if the stroke caused severe motor, speech or cognitive impairment, in-home care may be a longer-term requirement. Either way, finding a trusted, licensed in-home care provider can go a long way to making rehabilitation much smoother. The American Stroke Association has a number of information sheets which provide guidance on many stroke related topics, such as stroke risk, identifying a stroke, as well as this guide to Living At Home After a Stroke. Stroke prevention should be the goal, but when a stroke does happen, quick identification, timely care and a rehabilitation plan with input from your physician and an experienced caregiver can help with the adjustment to life at home post-stroke.

February Newsletter: Show Your Heart Some Love This Valentine’s Day!

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February is American Heart Month–it’s the perfect time to show your heart some extra love! Our February newsletter has helpful tips for healthy eating for the budget-conscious, healthy heart tips and how you can detect a heart attack or stroke, highlights on the can’t miss local events this month and so much more! Click here to read our February newsletter!

Aiming High: 1 Million Fewer Heart Attacks and Strokes

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In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million HeartsTM initiative with the aim of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease kills one in three Americans, and the main risk factors for the disease—smoking, being overweight, high blood pressure and cholesterol—are within a person’s control. By educating people about ways to reduce their risk and providing targeted health care for those in the high risk category, Million HeartsTM is working towards reducing the burden cardiovascular disease has on individuals and the health care system.

A healthy diet is key to managing your blood pressure. Reducing your intake of sodium and saturated and trans fats while increasing the amount of fiber and whole grains you eat can go a long way towards preventing heart disease. Preparing meals at home let’s you control the ingredients and ultimately gives you a better handle on your health. Visit the Million HeartsTM Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource Center for recipe ideas and tips on how to manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Being proactive about your health and keeping your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight in check are important steps in the fight against cardiovascular disease!

For more information about the initiative, visit Million HeartsTM

For more information about cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes, visit the CDC’s Heart Disease Home Page.

Did You Know?

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Here are some surprising facts about strokes:

  • Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer does every year. Learn more at www.stroke.org/awareness.
  • Stroke and heart disease account for one in four deaths among Hispanic men and one in three deaths among Hispanic women. Learn more at www.stroke.org/awareness.
  •  Stroke affects people of all ages. Get prevention tips and learn how to recognize warning signs at www.stroke.org/SYMP.
  • High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for stroke. Yet nearly 60 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure and almost a third don’t know they have it! Learn tips for controlling this risk factor at www.stroke.org/risk.
  •  425,000 women suffer from a stroke each year—55,000 more than men. Learn more at www.stroke.org/awareness.

 

 

February is American Heart Month

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Do you know the signs of a heart attack or stroke? What are your risk factors for heart disease? Find out the answers to these questions and more on the American Heart Association’s website. Learn how to be heart smart today!