Exercising to Prevent a Stroke - Topic Overview
Exercise helps lower high blood pressure,which is an important risk factor for stroke. Exercise can help you control other things that put you at risk,such as obesity,high cholesterol and diabetes. It is important to exercise regularly. Do activities that raise your heart rate. Try to do at least 2½ hours a week of moderate exercise. One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day,...
Stroke: Behavior Changes - Topic Overview
Depending on what part of the brain was affected by a stroke,the way a person acts may be different from how he or she acted before the stroke. A person who was very concerned about details before a stroke may become sloppy and care little about personal appearance after a stroke. Because these problems may be annoying,it is easy to think that there is an emotional or psychological problem. ...
Stroke Rehabilitation - Concerns of the Caregiver
Taking care of a loved one who has had a stroke can be difficult for many reasons. You may be afraid that your loved one will have another stroke or will not be able to accept or overcome disabilities. You may worry that you are not prepared to care for someone who has just had a stroke, or you may have your own health concerns that make it difficult for you to care for another person. You may ...
Stroke Recovery: Coping With Eating Problems
It is common to have trouble swallowing after a stroke (dysphagia). You may not be able to feel food on one or both sides of your mouth. You may have problems chewing or producing enough saliva, or you may have other conditions that make eating difficult and increase your risk of choking.Other things that may interfere with normal eating include:Problems seeing or judging where things are, ...
Stroke Rehabilitation - Medicines for Stroke Prevention
After a stroke and during rehabilitation, you need medicines to help prevent another stroke. You may need medicines to thin your blood and prevent clots from forming and medicines to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.Antiplatelets to prevent clotsAspirin, aspirin with extended - release dipyridamole (Aggrenox), and other antiplateletsAnticoagulants to keep clots from growing and to prevent new
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Surgery
information on carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting, surgical procedures to reduce the risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Stroke - Topic Overview
What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel (artery) that supplies blood to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot. Within minutes, the nerve cells in that area of the brain are damaged, and they may die within a few hours.
Stroke: Life-Threatening Complications - Topic Overview
Complications that threaten a person's life may develop soon after stroke symptoms occur. Preventing these complications is a major focus of initial stroke treatment. Life-threatening complications include: Increased pressure on the brain,which develops when the brain swells after a large stroke. Such swelling occurs quickly,becomes most severe within 3 to 5 days after the stroke,and can ...
Stroke: Memory Tips - Topic Overview
A stroke often causes memory problems. If your family member has problems with memory: Set a daily routine,if possible. Warn the person about upcoming changes in routine. Someone who has had a stroke may be very sensitive to minor changes in the daily activities. Give short instructions. People with memory problems can remember only small amounts of information at a time (short retention ...
Stroke Guide - Medications
It is very important to seek emergency medical attention for stroke symptoms. If you are having an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot, you may be able to receive tissue plasminogen activator (t - PA), a clot - dissolving medication. It is no