You cannot drive after having a stroke until your doctor says that
you can. This may be hard to accept. You may feel that this is a big loss of
independence. But any problems with your vision, speech, or ability to
move quickly after a stroke can change your ability to drive safely. You need
your doctor's approval for the safety of yourself and others.
After your doctor says that you can drive, talk to the motor vehicle
department and ask about the rules for people who have had a stroke. You may
need to take classes, be tested again, and have changes made to your car. Some
stroke rehab centers give driver training classes.
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 appropriate medical treatment of atrial fibrillation. This heart arrhythmia can increase the...
If you cannot drive because of problems from your stroke, check with
your stroke rehab center about programs that offer special vans that can take
you to and from places. Senior groups and volunteer agencies may also offer