How to Treat a Mild Stroke

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There are a lot of people who suffer from a stroke. A stroke is a cardiovascular disease. Strokes affect the arteries leading to the brain. When a block vessel is blocked by a clot or bursts, it deprives the brain of needed oxygen and nutrients. Strokes can cause impairments to speech, memory, understanding, vision or walking. A stroke may also cause a paralysis of muscles in arms and legs,

Things You'll Need

  • Aspirin
  • Heat massage
  • Therapy
  • Medications

Rehabilitation for a mild stroke involves physical therapy. Undamaged areas of the brain may be able to perform functions that were lost when the stoke happened.

Retraining a person to regain independent functions include relearning basic skills like bathing, brushing their teeth, putting on their clothes. Stroke victims may experience depression because of their lack of ability to perform basic skills. By assisting them to relearn and become independent helps their self esteem and their outlook on life.

Use of aspirin to reduce the risk of a recurrent stroke. If aspirin is administered early enough it may help to reduce the ultimate outcome of a stroke.

Apply a heat massage to the affected area, whether it is an or a leg, the heat helps to reduce the aches and stiffness of the muscles.

Ensure that the individual has the proper diet, limit the dietary intake of salt, alcohol and saturated fat. Eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Quit smoking.

Assist the individual in daily exercises. Help them to walk by holding onto their arm as they relearn the basic skills. Some stroke victims may need the assistance of a cane to steady themselves.

Ensure that the person who has suffered from a stroke maintains their weight, excessive weight can cause problems with their rehabilitation.

Take medications to prevent and control high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Surgery may be recommended by a physician for the removal of build up plaque within the arteries.

Seek assistance from family members in the care for a stroke victim. Do not allow yourself disregard your own health.

Tips & Warnings

  • Speech, balance, and skills needed for day-to-day living return more slowly and may continue to improve for up to a year.
  • About half of the people who suffer a stroke have problems with coordination, communication, judgment, or behavior that affect their work and personal relationships.

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