Today, Suzie wants to talk about the first cause of acquired disability in adults: strokes. In the United States, every year, more than 795,000 people have a stroke. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.
Do you know someone who has suffered a stroke or have you experienced one yourself? Suzie is saddened to know this, but know that there are solutions to prevent a second stroke.
Stroke in the health field means: a cerebrovascular accident. It is caused by a blood clot that obstructs a brain vessel. This leads to a deprivation of oxygen and nutrients in the brain cells.
According to the American Heart Association‘s 2011 Stroke Prevention Guide, a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of having a stroke by up to 80%.
Together, we will review the right actions to take after a stroke.
DIGITAL APPS TO SUPPORT YOU ON A DAILY BASIS
Here are two tablet apps that can help you. These apps have been developed with speech therapists, occupational therapists and neuropsychologists. They are specially designed for post-stroke cognitive rehabilitation.
The Rolling Ball
Fine motor skills training
The rolling ball is a tablet application that requires attention, fine motor skills and spatial awareness. In this game, the tablet becomes a real balance table.
Here is an example of the cognitive functions that are stimulated by each game in Stim’Art Joe, depending on the post-stroke needs of a person.
The conditions concerned are: sensory disorders, visual disorders, aphasia, lack of precision, lack of attention, finger mobility, MS motor disorders, memory disorders, hemineglect.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFE
Overweight people and those with high cholesterol are most at risk of having a stroke. However, being overweight is often caused by poor nutrition and an unhealthy lifestyle. After a stroke, it is important to choose a healthy and balanced diet while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This means that you must cut down on all excesses: tobacco, alcohol and sugars. For lipids, it is important to prioritize vegetable fats (olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil) and foods rich in omega-3 (butter and eggs with an omega-3 label, fish etc.) while keeping the size of the servings reasonable. These lipids help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
It is also preferable to avoid fatty meats (pork, lamb, beef) and to prefer lean meats (chicken, veal). In fact, animal fats are likely to increase the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.
After a stroke, you must do things intentionally to maintain a normal weight. This is why it is crucial to practice a sport adapted to your situation. A sedentary life leads to excess weight gain. You must choose an activity that suits you best in order to exercise regularly (at least 3 times a week). It should aim to improve your motor skills. Proper diet and lifestyle will help prevent a second stroke.
REHABILITATIVE AND PREVENTIVE THERAPY
A stroke can have more or less severe consequences. These are mostly joint and muscle stiffness. These symptoms have a significant impact on people’s quality of life. Solutions exist to overcome these problems, you can opt for a rehabilitation therapy to relieve stiffness. There are several options to choose from. For example, a neurological treatment from a spa can be effective. Thermal spas are adapted to the needs of patients. Other digital apps (Stim’Art or the Rolling Ball) presented below also provide a valuable help.
In addition, a kinesiologist can be consulted. The role of this specialist is to help the patient improve his or her functional and physical abilities. Kinesiologists are referred to as health educators. Of course, rebuilding yourself after a stroke is not easy. Besides the help provided by specialists, activities such as music, drawing or writing will help you learn how to rebuild yourself better. Other professionals inlude: physiotherapist, orthopaedist, occupational therapist and social service assistant.
ADVICE ON HOW TO FEEL GOOD EVERY DAY
Loss of motor skills, emotional instability, visual disturbances… These are all problems that can occur after a stroke. When you return home, it is important to adopt good habits if you want to improve your life quality. Get help with innovative solutions, whether to wash, get dressed or get out of bed in the morning. There are clothes that can be opened from the front, shower stools, bed lifts, etc. Do not hesitate to use these solutions!