Having a stroke is a major, life-changing event, and people who have survived a cerebral vascular accident are at the highest risk for experiencing a second stroke. Fortunately, regular check-ups with the doctor and participation in the following lifestyle changes can help seniors recover more quickly and avoid having another stroke.
The following are five simple changes, recommended by the Sonoma County senior care experts at Home Care Assistance, that seniors must make post-stroke.
- Be Pro-Active – People who take charge of their own health by researching their condition and actively caring for themselves recover more fully and quickly than patients who are passive recipients of healthcare. Individuals who are serious about progressing in physical therapy and making life changes to avoid another stroke tend to have positive outcomes.
- Stop Smoking – Not only does smoking wreak havoc on the lungs, it causes severe damage to the cardiovascular system that can set the stage for another stroke. Patients who need help quitting can find effective methods by consulting with their physicians.
- Control Hypertension – High blood pressure is a major contributing factor to stroke, and it is usually easily controlled with careful monitoring and maintaining a diligent medication regimen. Hypertension weakens arterial walls and can cause them to break resulting in a hemorrhagic stroke.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight – Excessive body fat puts a taxing strain on the heart and the rest of the cardiovascular system. Embracing an active lifestyle by beginning a conservative, physician-approved exercise regimen can help seniors shed extra pounds and strengthen their hearts.
- Maintain Health – Seniors who have had a stroke that was caused by a blood clot will most likely be prescribed blood thinners. It is important for patients to take the medications exactly as they are prescribed and have every required blood test that monitors drug levels and bleeding time. Blood levels that are too low can put the individual at risk for another stroke, and circulating amounts of the drug that are too high can cause excessive bleeding.
If your aging parent or loved one is recovering from a stroke, make sure they have the right support systems in place to prevent a second stroke. Professional care from a reliable and trained Home Care Assistance caregiver can help to ensure that all doctor-recommended activities are carried out, medications are taken on time, and a healthy diet and exercise regimen are embraced.
To learn more about our specialty stroke care for Sonoma County seniors, call 707-843-4368. We offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations and our experienced Care Managers are available 24/7 to answer questions and can help you find the right care solution for your aging loved one.