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Understanding Stroke -- Diagnosis and Treatment

Mind-Body Medicine

Techniques that teach the body to relax and the mind to focus on healing can help recovering stroke victims. Among other benefits, these techniques can increase tolerance to pain and also alleviate the depression or anger that is common in the wake of a stroke. Hypnotherapy, meditation, and yoga all can be useful. Some stroke victims working to restore lost muscle control and motor function benefit from biofeedback.

Nutrition and Diet

Proper diet has much to contribute to stroke prevention, but it can do little to reverse stroke damage. With prevention in mind, your diet should be rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Focus on a diet high in fresh fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean protein sources. Avoid processed foods and those high in saturated fats.   

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on March 09, 2014
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