If someone suffers from a stroke, statistics say that this individual is far more likely to suffer from a second stroke. And if they suffer from a second stroke, stats say that they are even more likely to have a third stroke. As you might have guessed, this can have a snowball effect that can result in a situation where permanent disability or even death is far more likely to occur than in other individuals. Unfortunately, scientists and other medical researchers are starting to gain a better understanding of why this snowball effect occurs when it comes to strokes.
One of the big reasons why this occurs is because stroke survivors are not making enough progress when it comes to overall heart health. In fact, a recent study found that those who have had at least one stroke were not making gains when it came to the goals set forth by the American Heart Association. The goals are referred to as Life’s Simple 7, and they reflect seven healthy habits that can be adopted to improve heart health. None of these goals are that difficult to follow on their own, but less than 1 percent of stroke survivors had been adhering to all seven of these, a recent report indicated.
These are seven activities that can have a large positive impact on health. They include not smoking, regular exercise, a healthy diet, losing weight to achieve a healthy body mass index, getting a health blood pressure, achieving a healthy blood sugar level, and lowering total cholesterol. These seven goals can be achieved through a mixture of just a few things, but it is important that those who are the highest risk of a stroke do all that they can to minimize their risk. If you know someone that would benefit from some small but healthy changes in lifestyle, talking with a doctor about heart health will be a good start in the right direction. It might not bring their risk down to zero, but it will help them to lower it. In the end, when you’re helping a family member, every little bit you can do to help them will increase the quality of their life.
A stroke can be a devastating event in someone’s life, but it can also serve as a sort of wakeup call. When someone has a stroke, there will be a period of recovery as people seek to regain full limb movement and bodily functions, but there should be an increased awareness of things that can be done to help live a healthier life. Strokes are a marker of poor cardiovascular health, and this can be improved with a variety of methods. Better diet, more exercise, medications, and other doctor recommendations should not just be listened to, but followed as strictly as possible. When poor health is allowed to become even worse, the likelihood of a stroke can do nothing but increase.
We encourage you and your family to take steps to improve health. The sooner this process begins, the less likely a stroke becomes, and the less likely a need for senior care appears.