Hope through Rehabilitation & Research
Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Here’s some good news: Advancements in modern medicine have succeeded in dramatically lowering mortality after stroke. In fact, stroke has recently been surpassed by lung disease and is now the fourth common cause of death, after heart disease, cancer and lung disease.
But this increased survival rate means that more patients are now living with the disability from their stroke. Currently, stroke is the number one cause of disability in the US, with an estimated 700,000 people living with disability after stroke. And unfortunately, once a stroke has occurred, modern medicine has no “magic cure” to help with the resulting disability.
This reality makes stroke prevention even more important than ever.
There are a few risk factors of stroke that are non-modifiable and beyond our control: Age, gender, race and our genetic background are facts of life that we cannot change. There are, however, modifiable risk factors. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise and diabetes. These important risk factors can very much be modified by our lifestyle choices. For example, dietary changes—like eating healthier—can help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.
General guidelines for healthy eating include:
Choosing healthier foods doesn’t mean you have to spend more at the grocery store, either. Here are a few tips for healthy eating on a budget:
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PLEASE NOTE: Burke's Rehab Insights blog is intended to provide general information about rehabilitation topics. It should not take the place of medical care. Burke physicians cannot answer questions about individual medical cases.