As we come to the end of Stroke Awareness Month 2021, it is important to recognise the statistics surrounding stroke and stroke rehabilitation plus the treatment(s) available for those who need it.
In our previous blog post, we highlighted that in the UK, there are more than 100,000 strokes each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. Stroke is the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK, however, there are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK.
According to statistics on the NHS Public Health England website, the stroke mortality rates for under 75 year olds in West Essex have not been significantly different to the England average since 2006.
In fact, according to the stats, the stroke Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) prevalence in West Essex over the last 10 years is significantly below England's average.
You can help to reduce your risk of a stroke by making some healthy lifestyle choices, such as:
1. Cut down on alcohol
Regularly drinking too much alcohol raises your risk of a stroke. In the UK, the government advises that to keep health risks low, it’s best to drink no more than 14 units a week and to spread the units over the week. The limit is the same for men and women.
2. Stop smoking
Smoking doubles your risk of dying from a stroke but the minute you stop, your risk of a stroke starts to drop right away. Stopping smoking could be one of the best things you ever do for your health and there is lots of help available. Giving up isn't easy, but it is worth the effort to improve your health.
3. Remaining at a healthy weight
Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of a stroke. Extra weight affects your body in many ways, such as raising the risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which are both linked to stroke.
4. Eat healthily
Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help to lower your risk of things like high blood pressure and diabetes. Even making small changes to your eating habits can make a difference to your overall health, particularly if you have been told that you are at risk of having a stroke or TIA.
5. Reduce salt intake
There is a strong relationship between Salt intake and stroke development. It is advisable we should reduce the amount of Salt in our food to minimise the risk of cardiovascular disease.
6. Be as active as you can
Being physically active can help to reduce your risk of a stroke. Moving around can also help your emotional wellbeing by releasing chemicals into your brain that make you feel better.
Rehabilitation and reablement services, such as those we provide here at Uplands, help the person recovering from a stroke learn or relearn the skills they need to live successfully at home independently. Occasionally, people will continue to need some form of care or help with their daily activities and, here at Uplands, we are able to provide that.
Every patient with a neurological disorder is affected differently and therefore, the neurological physical therapy we provide is tailored to the patient’s needs to help improve their overall health.