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Getting Help After A Stroke

Many times, after a stroke patients need to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility. It may be months before they can function on their own. They need help even with simple daily tasks like meals and eating, bathing and getting around. Not too many families have the experience and know-how to help a family member who has had a stroke but now there are many great places where families can get the help they need for their loved one. Below are a few facts about strokes and why they occur and what we can do to prevent them.

A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Each type of stroke is defined by its root cause. Once the flow of blood and hence, oxygen is disrupted, serious neurological damage usually occurs. Oxygen is the main fuel for our brains. Often after a stroke, paralysis and speech impediment takes place because the brain is where those higher functions originate.

In an Ischemic stroke, arteries in the brain are blocked. There are also different types of Ischemic stroke caused by blood clots and blockages.

A Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by leakage or rupturing in blood vessels or arteries. There are several types of hemorrhagic strokes:

  • Intra-cerebral hemorrhage (blood vessel breaks and spills blood onto the brain)
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the brain surface that collects between the skull and the brain)

The Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is often called a ‘mini stroke’ and lasts for about five minutes. Though it is less damaging than an Ischemic stroke or brain hemorrhage, it may be an indication that a bigger stroke is lingering close by.

What are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

  • Numbness on one side
  • Difficulty talking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Extremely intense, painful headache

Though there are many drugs and therapies offered by traditional medicine, there are also an equal number of natural remedies that may help. One of the first things a doctor may look at is the patient’s current lifestyle. What are they eating and when? What types of drinks do they consume each day? How much sleep do they get? Are there mitigating factors such as unusual stress involved?

Check your Diet

Doctors almost always recommend a vegan diet to stroke patients. Research has discovered that one of the main culprits for stroke victims is a diet rich in red meat and dairy. These foods cause plaque, mucus and other hardening substances in arteries.  The blood can’t flow properly to the brain. During the recovery process, it’s important to eat wholesome vegetables and fruits. Green leafy veggies are rich in other nutrients like iron and zinc, which can help speed up the healing process.

Magnet therapy has also been shown to be beneficial in stroke recovery. Magnets enhance circulation by causing minerals in the blood to swirl. This causes friction and then the blood vessels will dilate thus improving circulation.

Deep breathing exercises have also been found to be very helpful in stroke patients. Performing regular deep breathing exercises will improve blood flow and oxygen will be able to get to your brain faster and more efficiently.

SeniorCareResources.org is the place where families can find extensive information about senior care and assisted living facilities. Our website gives you valuable resources to help you find financing for long-term care for your loved one. You can find out about in-home care, nursing homes and how to find the right caregiver for your family member.

SeniorCareResources.org offers a wide range of great resources to help you care for the senior in your life. We understand the stress associated with stroke recovery and we offer a broad range of resources to help you get the help you need.

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