One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.
Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.
When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.
Did you know that according to the American Stroke Foundation, around one in four stroke survivors are likely to have another stroke? This is because the conditions causing the stroke can cause others. To prevent recurrent strokes, your physician can prescribe treatment, medications, and procedures.
However, it is very important for patients to learn how to prevent another stroke. As a major component of hospice care for various medical conditions, it is important to learn the additional steps necessary to reduce the risk.
What Causes a Stroke?
Did you know that roughly 87% of strokes are ischemic strokes that can occur when blood flow to the brain is blocked by plagues or clots? This can happen for many reasons such as:
High blood pressure
Lifestyle changes will need to be made in order to address the root cause of some of these conditions as it can help you prevent another stroke.
How to Prevent a Second Stroke
If you have survived a stroke, it is vital to take steps in order to prevent another stroke from recurring. The steps you need to take are:
Follow Doctor’s Orders - Your doctor will assess you and decide the proper course of treatment. If your doctor has prescribed medication to you, you need to follow the dose as directed in order to achieve the best result. Ensure that you do not skip any doses or stop taking them completely.
Work on Your Diet and Exercise Routine - Staying healthy is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of another stroke. Build meal plans containing less saturated and trans fats. Try to add more foods that are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Try to avoid alcohol and salt. You should also begin exercising.
Stop Smoking - If you currently smoke, it is in your best interest to stop. Try to make a plan that can help you quit.
Get Support - Recovering from a stroke can most certainly take time. There can be both physical and cognitive struggles. That is why it is so important to have a support line or a stroke support group.
Avoiding another stroke is of the utmost importance. Follow the steps above to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
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