Did you know that about 185,000 of the 795,000 strokes that occur annually are recurrent strokes? In fact, about one-quarter of Americans who have a stroke will suffer at least one more in their lifetimes. Therefore, you should make your health a leading priority after a stroke so that you can ensure a longer life with better brain health. Below, you’ll see some of the best strategies for minimizing recurrent stroke risk following the first episode. If you have been hospitalized for a TIA, or transient ischemic attack, these tips can be helpful for you as well, since TIA is often a warning sign for stroke.
Utilize hospital rehabilitation
After emergency care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose , your doctor may recommend a rehabilitation program to help you get on track with your diet, physical activity, and ongoing healthcare. Rehabilitation can also help you tackle the challenges of stroke recovery such as impaired speech, diminished motor skills, and sensory disturbances.
Control associated health risks
Following a stroke, your relationship with your primary physician will be more important than ever. You’ll want to make sure that you see your doctor regularly for checkups to monitor cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. If you have conditions such as atrial fibrillation or diabetes, it is essential to get these under control so that you are not as likely to suffer a second stroke.
Get physically active
An active lifestyle is integral for stroke prevention, because exercise helps to keep your blood pressure in check, reduce weight gain, and control the symptoms of diabetes. Recent studies have indicated that exercising five or more times per week for at least 30 minutes will significantly reduce the likelihood of a second stroke.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides exceptional emergency and rehabilitative care for stroke as a Comprehensive Stroke Center with accreditation from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association . To learn more about how our services can keep you on track with your stroke prevention, call (888) 762-8881 today.