stroke often affects movement and use of one side of
the body, so getting dressed is often difficult for people after a
Getting dressed may be easier if you use stocking/sock spreaders,
rings or strings attached to zipper pulls, and buttonhooks. Talk with a nurse
or physical therapist about assistive devices that may help you get dressed.
Clothing may be easier to put on if it has features such as:
Measures that reduce the chances of stroke are the same as those for avoiding a heart attack. Adopt habits that promote cardiovascular health and deter atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The essentials of a healthy lifestyle include a balanced diet; controlling weight; monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels; limiting alcohol; and not smoking.
A few other tips to prevent stroke:
Get adequate treatment of atrial fibrillation. This heart arrhythmia can cause stroke.
Lay out your clothes in the order that you will
put them on, with those you will put on first on top of the
Sit down while you dress.
Put your affected arm
or leg into the piece of clothing first, before the unaffected arm or
Removing clothing that has to go over your head may be difficult. To
undress after a stroke has affected an arm or leg, remove the stronger arm or
leg from the clothing first, then slip out your affected arm or leg.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
June 28, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 28, 2011
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