A stroke can happen to anyone at any time but 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Many factors contribute to stroke which you cannot control (age, ethnicity, gender). But you can control or change lifestyle and medical risk factors. Ask your primary care physician or a neurologist to create a specific plan to help lower your risk of stroke.
Top Risk Factors:
- High blood pressure
- Atrial fibrillation (irregular, rapid heartbeat)
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
- Unhealthy diet (high in salt, fat, sugar)
Life After Stroke/Survivorship
Stroke affects everyone differently. Stroke survivors have changes in their physical, mental and emotional abilities. Many stroke survivors continue to improve for a long time, sometimes many years. Rehabilitation is about getting your life back – living independently, returning to your family, friends, community and work. With proper care and rehabilitation, there is life after stroke.
Occupational and Physical Therapy Stroke Rehabilitation at UTMB:
- Occupational therapy works to maximize the individual’s functional performance in activities of daily living so that he/she can reach the highest level of participation.
- Physical therapy works to help the individual to return to his/her activities at home, work and community. Physical Therapists focus on movement, pain management, and ways to prevent problems that may occur after stroke.
Stroke Support Group
The UTMB Health Stroke Support Group provides stroke survivors and their caretakers the opportunity to participate in monthly meetings where a variety of activities occur and topics are discussed such as coping skills, nutrition, care giver support and more. Meetings are led by UTMB clinicians and staff from Nursing, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy.
The group meets the fourth Wednesday of every other month in Galveston from 3:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
For more information visit the support groups web page or call (409) 772-8834.