May is American Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America; but according to the National Stroke Association, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
Prevention is key!
There are many things you can do to decrease your risk of stroke. Lowering your blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy are critical to preventing stroke and many other dangerous health conditions. Basic health-promoting habits like eating healthy and getting regular exercise help, too. If you’re diabetic, it’s important to adhere to a treatment regimen and keep your blood sugar under control. Finally, smoking cigarettes and using too much alcohol significantly increase the potential of a stroke. Talk to your doctor to determine your personal risk factors, and begin taking steps to combat stroke today.
“Physical therapists can help a stroke patient to learn or restore movement patterns essential for day-to-day activities. In addition to motion, a therapist can help improve muscle control, regain balance, stability and boost confidence”
We can help you or a loved one, give us a call for further information.
Charles Curran, PT
Atlantic Physical Therapy, Berlin, MD