What Is A Stroke?
The National Stroke Association defines a stroke as a “brain attack”. During a stroke, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and as brain cells begin to die a person may experience a loss of muscle control and memory.
A stroke is completely life-changing. The impact of a stroke varies from person to person. Some people experience temporary symptoms after a stroke while other people may be completely paralyzed or experience a loss in the ability to speak. Some people are able to make a full recovery from a stroke while other people experience some sort of disability as a result of the stroke. Almost all strokes happen to individuals that are 65 years old or younger.
To live effectively after a stroke, you will likely need to make changes around your home, in your nutrition, and with your lifestyle. Solid changes can help you recover from a stroke as well as help prevent another stroke while you live your life fully.
The American Heart Association offers several tips to help you live your life fully and effectively after you have experienced a stroke:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetable daily
- Eat high fiber foods
- Eat whole grain foods
- Eat lean meats and poultry
- If you smoke, quit
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Explore ways your life is impacted after a stroke
- Be realistic about when you are able to return to work
- Communicate fears and concerns to loved ones to maintain closeness
- Accept emotional, social, and financial changes after a stroke
- Eat colorful food that appeals to you visually
- Arrange for loved ones to check in with you on a regular basis
- Accept help with responsibilities and chores
- Create a safe, comfy, private space in the bedroom
- Ask your doctors and therapists with help in creating solutions to your everyday living issues
Recovery And Regaining Independence
According to the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute, recovery from a stroke can be a very slow and especially frustration process. Patient support groups are available for people who have experienced a stroke. Support from family and friends is vital to a patient’s recovery from a stroke. This type of support can alleviate stress and anxiety. Most of a patient’s family and friends want to help the patient recover; they just need to know what the patient needs. Participation in this type of group provides important social support for people who are trying to adjust to a new life after a stroke.