It all started with a headache -- pounding pain behind the left eye -- that wouldn't go away.
A healthy 37-year-old at the time, Jill Bolte Taylor tried to shake the pain
with a cardioworkout. But that didn't work.
Feeling rocky, Taylor headed for her shower. She noticed herself losing
coordination and struggling with balance -- she had to lean against her shower
The shower's roar startled her, and her sense of where her body began and
ended was fading. "My perception of myself was that...
Getting regular exercise that increases your
breathing and your heartbeat.
Limiting your intake of caffeine,
animal fats, sugars, and processed
Eating plenty of
fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber foods.
Quitting the use of
Limiting your alcohol consumption.
These simple steps may help you live a longer, healthier
life. It is never too late to enjoy the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.
They can reduce your risk for another stroke and can also help prevent a heart
attack and many other health problems. Talk with your doctor or other members
of your rehab team to find out what type of exercise, diet, or other lifestyle
choices are best for you.
If you or your loved one has already had
a stroke, you need to watch carefully for symptoms of another stroke. Immediate
medical attention and treatment may help prevent or reduce permanent brain damage. If signs
stroke develop suddenly, call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
For more information on stroke symptoms and when to seek medical attention, see