Encompass Health’s Tips For Stroke Prevention

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  TOMS RIVER – Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River is recognizing May as American Stroke Month by promoting stroke prevention and rehabilitation awareness.

  According to the American Heart Association’s 2016 stroke rehab guidelines, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility whenever possible.

  In-patient facilities enable patients to participate in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Not to mention, nurses and doctors are always on hand to help.

  As stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the fifth-leading cause of death in the US, Encompass Health Toms River is providing you with a few tips to help reduce change those statistics:

  • 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 encompasshealth.com/tomsriverrehab or call 732-244-3100.