After a stroke, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about how -- and even if -- you will recover. When will you be able to move your arms? Is your independent life gone forever?
It's difficult to predict to what degree someone will recover after a stroke, says Randie M. Black-Schaffer, MD. Schaffer is medical director of the Stroke Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. "How quickly a patient recovers in the first few weeks," she says, "can give us an indication of...
If you've had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), you may need further testing and treatment after you've been checked by your doctor. If you have a high risk of stroke, you may have to stay in the hospital for treatment.
Your treatment for a TIA may include taking medicines to prevent a stroke or having surgery to reopen narrow arteries.
Taking aspirin or another antiplatelet medicine to
prevent strokes. For more information, see Medications.
diabetes. Your doctor will advise that you try to keep
your blood sugar levels in a target range. To do this, you may
need to take oral medicines or insulin. Eating a healthy diet and getting
plenty of exercise will also help.
Getting a flu shot every year to
help you avoid getting sick from the
You may also need to make lifestyle changes such
as quitting smoking, eating heart-healthy foods, and being more active. For more information, see Prevention.
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September 19, 2011
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