Restoring Hope with Stroke Prevention Tips from Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May is National Stroke Awareness Month and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Health Services, LLC, and HealthSouth, joins other HealthSouth inpatient rehabilitation hospitals across the country to promote awareness and educate the public on stroke prevention and the difference rehabilitation can make in a patient’s recovery after stroke.
According to the recent adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. An in-patient rehabilitation facility may be a free-standing facility or a separate unit of a hospital. (SOURCE: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, INC.)
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, which holds Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission for its stroke rehabilitation program, is working to change those statistics by providing a few tips to help reduce your risk of stroke including:
- 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 www.vanderbiltstallworthrehab.com or call Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital at 615-320-7600.
About Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Health Services, LLC, and HealthSouth, one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation services provider, is an 80-bed inpatient
rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the middle Tennessee and surrounding areas, the hospital is located at 2201 Children’s Way in Nashville, Tennessee, and on the Web at www.vanderbiltstallworthrehab.com.
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at www.healthsouth.com.
Source: HealthSouth Corporation