If you have a family member who has had a
stroke, you may be concerned about how the stroke is
going to affect your family's lifestyle. You may be concerned about finances
and changes in family roles and responsibilities.
Help your loved one and other family members adjust by:
If you've had a stroke, preventing a second stroke is a top priority. "The risk of a stroke is tenfold higher in someone who has had a stroke in the past," says Larry B. Goldstein, MD, professor of medicine (neurology) and director of the Duke Stroke Center in Durham, N.C.
Prevention of a second stroke starts by addressing conditions that caused the first stroke, such as atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm that can cause blood to clot) or narrowing of a carotid artery in the neck. Treatment...
Realizing that after a stroke, your loved one may
be prone to strong emotional reactions. Remember that these are a result of the
stroke, and try not to become too upset by them.
Not avoiding your
loved one who's had a stroke. Contact with and support from family members is
very important to your loved one's recovery.
Joining a local
support group. These groups provide a place where issues can be discussed in a
supportive environment and an opportunity to meet others dealing with the same
issues. Ask your doctor about support groups in your
Taking care of yourself too. You must stay healthy enough so
you can care for your loved one who has had a stroke.
You are an important part of your family member's recovery after a
Give the person support and encouragement to
participate in the decisions about his or her rehabilitation (rehab) program.
and talk with the person often.
Participate in educational programs and attend some of the
Help the person practice the skills he or
she is learning.
Work with the program staff to match the
activities to what he or she needs to do after returning home.
out what the person can do independently and what he or she needs help with.
Avoid doing things for the person that he or she is able to do without
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
January 7, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 07, 2011
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