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Back at home, safety is your
main concern. Depending
on your level of functionality, you may need adjustments
in your home to make it more
accessible. It's best to consult
an occupational therapist, who
can conduct an in-home assessment to advise you on what
modifications are needed.
include installing grab bars and
nonslip mats in the bathroom,
installing a light switch near
the bed or motion-activated
night lights in the bedroom
and reorganizing the kitchen
for easier access.
A WORD ON
Paralysis is the most common side
effect of stroke, affecting about
9 out of 10 survivors to some degree,
according to the National Stroke
Association. But did you know there
are different types of paralysis?
"When it comes to stroke, location in the brain is everything,"
says Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, a
spokesman for the American Stroke
Association. "Different parts of the
brain map to different functions in
Below are some of the types of
paralysis that can occur after stroke.
on one side of the body.
cramps or spasms that limit
coordination and movement.
of the throat muscles,
which makes it difficult to
Drop foot: Inability
to lift the front part of the
foot when walking.
Once your immediate
needs are met, you'll
want to shift your attention to preventing future
strokes, which account for
approximately a quarter of
all strokes, according to the
National Stroke Association.
"The most important thing
for the long term is to seek
care from a stroke neurologist or neurovascular surgeon,"
Khalessi says. "Strokes don't
just happen. You're being given
a window to intervene. You need
to understand why you had the
stroke event in the first place."
When you know what caused
your first stroke, you can then
Source: National Stroke
take steps to protect yourself
against another one. Quitting
smoking is paramount. But
your doctor will also probably
suggest ways to manage high
blood pressure, cholesterol and
diabetes and recommend eating
a healthy diet, slowly increasing
physical activity and reducing
alcohol intake. ■
NMMC's Acute Stroke Unit has
earned a Gold Seal of Approval
from The Joint Commission as
a certified Advanced Primary
Stroke Center. Learn more at
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