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The effects of a stroke are chronic and while they may not completely go away over time, there are ways to manage the pain and to improve the quality of one’s life.

Physical, occupational, and speech therapy, the patient can increase flexibility and strength. Patients are shown by therapists how to walk again, communicate, and essentially learn how to manage day-to-day life. Rehab centers are a must both for short-term and long-term care.



1. Attend Rehab centers

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Attending Rehab centers to get physical therapy, offering customized programs for every individual. Through assessments the physical therapist evaluates and trains the patient to safely walk and reduce the risk of future falls. They also teach patients how to build up strength and endurance. The goal is to have the patient function as much on their own as possible.

2. Occupational Therapists

They are somewhat similar to physical therapists. The focus is to provide the patient with the ability to perform daily living tasks, such as getting dressed, bathing, making meals, etc. They also aid in instrumental activities which include driving, shopping, and leisure activities.

3. Robotic Therapy

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Undergo through robotic therapy as it is constancy. It’s very difficult for a human therapist to take the time necessary to make true strides in improving a patient’s mobility. Robots, however, never tire, slow, or change pace– of course, the repetitive motions needed in order to properly work the affected parts of body of the stroke victim don’t affect a machine.

4. Speech Pathologists

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Visit speech pathologists so as to improve the patient’s ability to communicate. Not only does this include how to express oneself, but also how to improve the volume and quality of one’s voice and comprehension of communication. Some robotic therapists are even designed to act as both coach and therapist, using jokes, humor, and encouragement to help patients get though the long and tiring process of physical therapy. Have a human therapist in order to diagnose your movement problems and develop a long-term strategy for treating them. They can still enjoy life and not feel like a burden to loved ones.



5. Stop Smoking

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Giving up tobacco will result in an increase of HDL. Studies show this can raise your HDL by about 4 mg/dL. If you do smoke, please stop! Smoking puts you at high risk for heart disease and stroke. Believe me, these are not experiences you want, especially since they are the #1 and #3 killers in this country and strokes are the #1 cause of disability.

6. Eliminate Trans Fats

High intakes of trans fats lower HDL. It is hard enough to improve cholesterol levels with food. Cutting out fast foods, processed foods and foods made with hydrogenated oils will at least stop drops in good cholesterol and will stem the rise of bad cholesterol. This is not an easy task since many of our favorite prepared foods contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

7.  Improved Diet

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What we eat can help lower overall cholesterol and increase HDL levels. It gets so hard with our lifestyles these days. I had a problem eating right while working an 8-5 job, juggling home life and personal activities. It is just so much easier to eat processed foods. But it can be done. The more I find foods I like that are good for me and include them in my diet, the less room I have for not-so-good foods.

8. Oil

Oil like Canola oil, avocado oil, olive oil and the oils found in peanut butter can increase HDL, as can soy, flaxseed, eating more nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts and pecans. A 2004 study in Diabetes Care found that men and women with type 2 diabetes who included 30 grams of walnuts a day in their diet showed improved HDL levels. Teach the stroke victims to swallow without choking.



9. Soluble fiber

Soluble fiber found in fruits, vegetables, beans and oats help reduce LDL and raise HDL. Orange juice and cranberry juice have also been shown to be beneficial, as are cold-water fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. High glycemic products like cereals and breads on the other hand are associated with lower HDL levels. Consumption of the such products should be reduced.

10. Magnesium rich foods

Magnesium rich foods have been shown to both help raise good cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels and lower blood fats These include spinach, black beans, kidney beans, lima beans, soybeans, halibut, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and some whole grains.

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