If you have problems with swallowing, you must learn to follow a special diet that makes eating safer. The signs of swallowing problems are choking or coughing when eating. Learn tips to make feeding and swallowing easier and safer.
Avoid salty and fatty foods and stay away from fast food restaurants to make your heart and blood vessels healthier.
Limit how much alcohol you drink to a maximum of one drink a day if you are a woman and two drinks a day if you are a man. Ask your health care provider if it is okay for you to drink alcohol.
Keep up to date with your vaccinations. Get a flu shot every year. Ask your doctor if you need a pneumonia shot.
DO NOT smoke. Ask your health care provider for help quitting if you need to. DO NOT let anybody smoke in your home.
Try to stay away from stressful situations. If you feel stressed all the time or feel very sad , talk with your health care provider.
Many patients who have had a stroke feel sad or depressed at times. Talk to friends or family about this. Ask your health care provider about seeking professional help.