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. In some cases, that may be true. But also consider:
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...