Restoring Hope with Stroke Prevention Tips from HealthSouth Erie
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie joins other HealthSouth inpatient rehabilitation hospitals across the country to promote awareness and educate the public on stroke prevention and the difference rehabilitation can make in a patient’s recovery after stroke.
According to the recent adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. An in-patient rehabilitation facility may be a free-standing facility or a separate unit of a hospital. (SOURCE: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, INC.)
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. HealthSouth Erie is working to change those statistics by providing a few tips to help reduce your risk of stroke including:
- Eat healthy to maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly with doctor’s approval
- Keep diabetes blood sugar levels in check
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Stop smoking
- Treat high cholesterol
For more information on stroke rehabilitation or prevention, visit www.healthsoutherie.com or call HealthSouth Erie at 814-878-1200. Additional resources and information are offered online by the Centers for Disease Control, American Stroke Association and National Stroke Association.
About HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie
HealthSouth Erie is a 108-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout northwest Pennsylvania, west New York and northeast Ohio, the hospital is located at 143 East Second Street and on the web at www.healthsoutherie.com.
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at www.healthsouth.com.
Source: HealthSouth Corporation