Can You Recover A Secondary Stroke And How Soon

Secondary strokes are common in elderly people and are dangerous and debilitating so knowing about them is vital in order to prevent them. Secondary prevention refers to treatments for people who have already had a stroke. One thing you can do to prevent another stroke is to undergo stroke rehab. However, there are other things you can consider.

The information below is for educational purposes only. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you have medical emergency.

Prevent Secondary Stroke

Lifestyle is key to stroke prevention and can greatly reduce the risk of having a stroke or secondary stroke. Obvious things to avoid if you want to reduce your risk of a stroke include excessive alcohol and smoking.


Diet and weight management are also very important, especially if you have diabetes. Research indicates that keeping diabetes at bay is key in preventing a secondary stroke. Many nutritionists advise a “Mediterranean diet” of primarily fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and olive oil. Avoid adding salt to your food and only eat meat occasionally.

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Hypertension is another key risk factor for a secondary stroke. Around 70% of people with a recent stroke have a history of hypertension.

One way to alleviate this is to engage is regular aerobic physical activity, preferably supervised by a trained therapist. Yoga, with its breathing and balancing exercises, is also highly beneficial. Socializing and doing things you enjoy doing like listening to music or playing games can also help you relax.

Relaxed people tend to have lower blood pressure: high blood pressure and strokes tend to go together. 

Can You Recover A Secondary Stroke?

Stroke rehab therapy after a primary or secondary stroke can aid recovery and make a big difference to your quality of life. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are the most common pathways for recovery from a stroke.

Stroke victims often have slurred speech so speech therapy can make a huge difference to their independence and self-esteem. Likewise, swallowing therapy can help patients cope better at mealtimes.

Personalized occupational therapy can help sufferers with things like dressing and using the bathroom. Therapists can teach people how to relearn the self-care skills that help people achieve independence.

A patient’s mood and relationships have a tremendous impact on quality of life and long-term outcomes after a stroke. A positive, and socially engaged patient is likely to have better chances of recovery from a secondary stroke.

Fairview In Queens NY

Fairview Rehab and Nursing Home in Queen NY provides a range of inpatient and outpatient rehab therapies for those recovering from a stroke. Our Home is renowned for its highly experienced, friendly, multilingual nursing and rehab staff and quality round-the-clock care. We aim to achieve step-by-step progress for people seeking to prevent, or recover from, a secondary stroke.

This article contains informational and educational materials and does not replace health or medical advice. For questions or concerns regarding your medical condition or health objectives, speak to a qualified physician or healthcare provider.