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Stroke Recovery Tips, December 2013 Issue
December 04, 2013

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Below you will find the latest from the December 2013 Issue of Stroke Recovery Tips.

Preventing Heart Attach and Stroke During the Holidays

Research has shown that heart attacks are most common during the holidays and most prevalent on Christmas Day. Here are some tips from St. Luke’s Medical Center that can be taken for prevention:

Limit or avoid high fat foods. Eating a high fat meal can cause dysfunction to the artery lining that can cause blood not to flow as freely.

Do not drink more than one drink in a row. Alcohol can irritate the heart muscle causing increases in blood pressure and heart rate.

Try to limit stress and enjoy the holidays.

Stay a safe distance from a burning fireplace. Particles from fireplace smoke can lodge in the lungs and trigger a clot.

Know the symptoms of heart attack and stroke. One needs to be able to recognize the symptoms so that medical care can be sought quickly. Symptoms for heart attack can include feelings of indigestion, shortness of breath, sweating, chest tightness or pain, and pain can be present in the arm, neck, and back. Symptoms of stroke can include muscle weakness particularly on one side of the body, difficulty with speech, numbness, difficulty walking, vision problems, dizziness, loss of balance/coordination, and severe headache.

To finish this article and read the full version of Stroke Recovery Tips December 2013 including Standing Balance Exercises, Physical Exercise Recommendations for Stroke Patients, Preventing Holiday Burnout for Caregivers, and Strategies to Help with Neglect of One Side, click here.

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