21 Mar 2016

Three Tips To Prevent Strokes In Women

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Women, especially those with a genetic history, age, and poor health, are more susceptible to strokes than men. Though this can be discouraging, it’s important to remember that there are many things we can do, at any age, to prevent strokes. The following tips will help you do all you can to keep yourself healthy! Exercise For those with busy lives, exercise often gets swept to the side. At any stage in life, exercise is important to maintaining cardiovascular health, as well as mobility, and general happiness. Depending on your age and level of mobility, options for exercise are endless. Many people grow up exercising, which makes it easier to maintain as you age. But, what about those of us who aren’t used to exercising, who perhaps have limited mobility, are weakened by an illness or injury, or are overweight? Those who avoid exercise for whatever reason, increase their risk…

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14 Mar 2016

Three Nutritional Tips For Heart And Stroke Health

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It’s never too early in life to think about heart health. We’ve made great strides in treating cardiovascular disease and strokes over the last sixty years, lowering the mortality rate from 35 percent down to 5 percent. While treatments have greatly improved, it’s still important to think of how heart disease and strokes can be prevented. There are many ways to improve your cardiovascular health, such as increasing healthy habits like exercise, and cutting out unhealthy ones like smoking. Nutrition, however, is a huge part when it comes to maintaining heart health and preventing heart disease and stroke. Here are a few nutritional measures you can take, to ensure a healthy cardiovascular system. Get Your PotassiumPotassium, a mineral, helps to lower blood pressure, and prevent strokes. Boost your heart health with these potassium-rich foods: Beans and legumes Yoghurt Milk (1% or fat free) Vegetable juice Bananas Potatoes Get to know…

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20 May 2014

What to Expect During Stroke Rehabilitation

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Recovering from a stroke requires long-term intensive care. If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, they you’ll want to be prepared for the rehabilitation process to make it easier. Various health practitioners coordinate stroke recovery, and the treatment will depend on the severity and type of stroke. Individuals will vary as to the effects suffered. Knowing what to expect during the rehabilitation process will help you move forward towards restored function easily. When a Stroke Strikes The cognitive and physical injuries suffered from a stroke are a result of injury to the brain. In a stroke, blood flow to the brain is obstructed. This restricts oxygen from reaching the brain tissue, and as a result, brain cells are destroyed. Because these cells cannot repair themselves, the damage is permanent. Physical effects include paralysis of various muscles throughout the body. In addition, cognitive abilities such as speech can…

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20 May 2014

What is a Stroke?

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A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of blood flow to the brain. This can cause a decrease in oxygen and result in the destruction of brain cells.  Physical, emotional, and mental functions are severely affected in a stroke incident. Every patient will experience different symptoms depending on the type and location of brain injury. Private caregivers who understand the effects of strokes are able to provide high quality care to patients, and peace of mind for family members. During a stroke, if the brain is without oxygen for too long, the risk of brain damage increases. Because the brain is the center for all bodily functions, a stroke can have a variety of effects on individuals. Effects of a Stroke Stroke patients can have visual disturbances and loss of vision. Their sleep patterns can be disrupted, causing further discomfort during post-stroke treatment. Muscles can be paralyzed and effect…

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