After a stroke, people feel lots of different emotions. Some people are worried that they could have another stroke. Or they may feel overwhelmed by how much there is to learn and do. Some people feel sad or depressed.
No matter what emotions you are feeling, you can give yourself some control and peace of mind by making a plan to lower your risk of having another stroke.
You'll need to take medicines to help prevent another stroke. Be sure to take your medicines exactly as prescribed. And don't stop taking them unless your doctor tells you to. If you stop taking your medicines, you can increase your risk of having another stroke.
Some of the medicines your doctor may prescribe include:
You can help lower your chance of having another stroke by managing certain other health problems. Problems that increase your risk of having another stroke include:
If you have any of these health problems, you can manage them with healthy lifestyle changes along with medicine.
It's also important to:
Taking part in a stroke rehabilitation (rehab) program will help you to regain skills you lost or make the most of your abilities after a stroke. It also helps you take steps to prevent another stroke.
Your rehab team will give you education and support to help you build new, healthy habits.You'll learn how to manage any other health problems that you might have. You'll also learn how to exercise safely, eat a healthy diet, and quit smoking if you smoke. You'll work with your team to decide what lifestyle choices are best for you.
If your doctor hasn't already suggested it, ask him or her if stroke rehab is right for you.
Make sure you know the symptoms of stroke.
FAST is a simple way to remember. Recognizing these symptoms helps you know when to call for medical help. FAST stands for:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: November 21, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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