5 Ways To A Healthier You In 2022 – Stroke Prevention!

While our title, “5 Ways To A Healthier You In 2022 – Stroke Prevention!” is focused on this year, we must make note that In December 2021, the beloved American icon, Betty White passed away of a stroke at 99 years old. We feel the time to increase awareness of strokes and ways to prevent them is now! In recent years, younger adults are also experiencing strokes. Because up to 80% of strokes are preventable, you can practice the actions below to help reduce your risk.

  1. Nourish your body with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish, legumes, and nuts. Limit salt, sweets, and red meat.
  2. Increase physical activity. Engage in moderately-intense aerobic activity for 10 minutes 4 times per week, or vigorous aerobic activity for 20 minutes twice per week. Find a partner to exercise with you – you and your partner will both benefit.
  3. Begin a smoking cessation program if you smoke, and limit alcohol consumption. Tobacco and alcohol use significantly increases the risk of stroke.
  4. Take prescribed medications as directed to manage health conditions that may contribute to stroke risks, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
  5. Keep an open line of communication with your healthcare provider, and collaborate on managing health by asking questions, exploring options, and sharing decision-making about other conditions that may increase stroke risks, such as sleep apnea or birth control use.

An occupational therapist can help you develop skills to better manage your health and to implement lifestyle changes. If you would like guidance and support to incorporate these actions into your daily routine, take a look at our services or give us a call at (314) 286-1669 #1.

American Stroke Association (stroke.org)

Stroke Clinic For The Community

Washington University Occupational Therapy operates a student-run stroke clinic with the guidance and oversight of licensed Occupational Therapists. The clinic offers free services for under-resourced patients to help increase safety and independence for people following a stroke. We work to empower our patients and families by providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to best manage their health, while also providing an opportunity to enrich our student’s education through this real-world clinical experience. During our interactions with patients and families, we commit to:

  • Listening to our patients and their families.
  • Providing experiences that are unique to each person’s health and functional needs.
  • Exploring the home environment and personal support available for each patient to help them be safe, healthy, and functional.
  • Partnering together with physicians, families, communities, and other professionals to deliver the best care possible.
We are now accepting referrals and new patients for the Fall Semester! Please contact The Student Stroke Clinic at (314) 286 – 1615 or email otstrokeclinic@wustl.edu for more information.

Learn More About Our Student stroke Clinic and all of our Student Experiential Learning Clinics.