How would a new stroke patient get the most benefit from their rehabilitation?

My first piece of advice to anyone who has had a stroke is to stay strong and hopeful. Your attitude toward your rehabilitation is very important.

Second, be proactive. Find out why you had a stroke and what you can do to prevent another one. What are your risk factors? Do you have a team of doctors who can help you reduce your risk?

Third, find a physiatrist in your community. Talk to him or her about what you want to achieve. They are available to help you achieve your goals.

Finally, you need to be disciplined about your exercise regimen. Find out what you can do on your own, and make time to do it. This is your body, and you are its commander.

 

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