Survive a stroke and keep your independence

If you’ve survived a stroke, you should count your blessings – because every year, 140,000 Americans aren’t so lucky.

It’s the nation’s #3 cause of death, and the leading cause of long-term disability.

But when you’re discharged from the ER, you don’t feel lucky. You feel more delicate than a white puffy dandelion – and as a result, you’re afraid to do ANYTHING that might trigger a second stroke that could finish you off.

Who wants to live like that?

I’m here to say you don’t have to – that you can get back in action sooner than you think. In fact, the latest research shows that getting back on your feet as soon as you can will help you recover better, faster, and more completely.

One study finds you need to start right in the hospital.

Nothing too crazy – you’ve just had a stroke, after all.

But the new study of 2,100 stroke patients finds that getting out of bed frequently for very short sessions cuts the risk of serious complications in seniors.

Even more importantly, those brief bursts of activity can improve your recovery and increase the likelihood you’ll remain independent months later.

Don’t overdo it. The study also finds that pushing it can have the opposite effect and can even cut your chances of regaining your independence. So keep it short and sweet – even if it’s just a stroll around the room and then right back into bed.

Once you’re out of the hospital, you can work with your doc on a plan to gradually increase your activity until you’re back to your old self.

Of course, the best way to handle a stroke is to not have one in the first place – and while it may seem as if they strike out of the blue, the reality is there are several key risk factors that are completely within your control.

So let me share three quick tips to dramatically slash your stroke risk… and the first one can protect you literally overnight!

  1. Sleep better: Too much tossing and turning at night won’t just ruin the next day. Poor sleep can also quadruple your risk of a stroke, so get the rest you need. If you need a little help, consider natural therapies such as melatonin supplements and herbal remedies such as chamomile, passionflower, and valerian (which are often sold together as a sleep supplement or a tea).
  2. Eat breakfast: When you wake up, your blood pressure rises quickly – and if you’re at risk for a stroke, that sudden jump could be the trigger. Eating breakfast can keep BP levels from jumping too rapidly, which is why one recent study found that skipping the morning meal can increase your risk of brain hemorrhage, the deadliest form of stroke, by 20 percent.
  3. Go Mediterranean: This delicious and healthy lifestyle can help you to lose weight and cut the risk of heart attack. More importantly, it’s proven to cut the risk of a stroke almost in half. No other diet can promise that – and this one includes many of your favorite foods, and even has room for chocolate and wine.

Learn more on how to get started in this free report from my House Calls archives.