The healing process can be a slow one. After you have a stroke or heart attack, it’s important to take the time to recover properly. But if you follow these tips, you can help speed up the healing process and feel better faster:
How You Can Heal Faster From Stroke Or Heart Attack
In the event that you have had a stroke or heart attack, it’s important to know how you can heal faster. By taking the right steps and getting help from medical professionals, you can recover much quicker than if left alone.
To prevent a stroke or heart attack in the first place, it’s important to follow a healthy lifestyle: eat well, exercise regularly and take care of your mental health by managing stress levels (which may include seeing a therapist). It’s also crucial to speak with your doctor about any medications or supplements you take. Be sure not to stop taking them suddenly as this could be dangerous for both your physical health as well as your mental one.
Make sure you get enough vitamin C, K, E and A.
You may not know it, but vitamin C is essential for healing. Your body needs vitamin C to repair damaged cells and fight infection. It can also help prevent blood clots that can slow the flow of blood to your heart or brain.
Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting, so you’ll need more if you’re taking anticoagulant medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) or dabigatran (Pradaxa). Vitamin E helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals—a by-product of normal metabolism—so make sure yours are at healthy levels before having a heart attack or stroke. And finally, vitamin A helps keep your eyesight sharp and supports skin health because it’s necessary for keeping epithelial tissue intact (epithelial tissue lines organs, including the lungs and intestines).
Eat more blueberries.
Blueberries are a great fruit to eat after a stroke or heart attack. They’re high in antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber, which help boost your immune system. They’re also low in calories and have very little sugar.
Blueberries are easy to find year-round at grocery stores, farmer’s markets and even some gas stations (who knew?). And the best part of all? You can get a bag for just $2!
Add fatty fish to your diet.
We’ve talked about how fatty fish like salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fats have been shown to have a number of health benefits including reducing inflammation and lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke.
If you’re not big on eating fish, there are other ways to get your daily dose of omega-3s:
Don’t forget to eat your greens!
The next time you’re in the kitchen, consider adding more greens to your diet. This is especially important if you’ve suffered a heart attack or stroke.
The body needs vitamin K for blood clotting, which is essential for healing after these conditions. It also helps prevent premature birth and improves bone health. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach are high in this nutrient but broccoli and cabbage are good sources as well.
Eat whole grains instead of refined and processed foods.
- Whole grains are more nutritious than refined and processed foods: Whole grains have more vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. They also have more fiber than refined grains.
- Whole grains are more filling: The fiber in whole grains helps you feel fuller longer so you eat less food overall. This can help prevent weight gain or even weight loss after a stroke or heart attack.
- Whole grains are easier to digest: This can make it easier for you to get back on your feet after having a stroke or heart attack if your digestive system is under stress during these events.
- Whole grain foods may be less likely to cause blood sugar spikes than their processed counterparts: Since they contain more fiber and protein than most refined products do—and fewer carbohydrates—they take longer to digest, meaning they don’t cause as much of an insulin spike after eating them as many refined items do; this results in lower blood sugar levels over time.*
Eat dark chocolate.
The consumption of dark chocolate has been shown to improve blood pressure, reduce inflammation, boost heart health and improve brain function.
Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids (antioxidants) which help to protect your body from free radical damage. Free radicals are formed when you exercise, they can also be found in cigarette smoke and air pollution. Free radical damage has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease as well as cardiovascular disease.
The flavonoids found in dark chocolate also have anti-clotting properties which may help prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). If you have had a stroke or heart attack, it is important that you keep your blood thin so that clots do not form inside your vessels causing further damage or even death!
Get enough sleep.
You need to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. This will help your body recover from stroke or heart attack and it will also help you to relax, reduce stress and reset your brain.
Use your injured side by moving it as much as you can without pain or discomfort.
You should use your injured side as much as possible, to help prevent muscle wasting. This can be done by moving the arm, leg or body part as much as you can without pain or discomfort.
There are ways to speed up the healing process after having a stroke or heart attack
You need enough sleep to heal properly. You may have heard that getting too much sleep is bad for you, but this isn’t true. On the contrary, getting more than eight hours a night can be extremely helpful to your physical and mental health.
The amount of sleep you get depends on your age, but most adults need between six and ten hours each night. When it comes to restful slumber, less is not always better—in fact, being awake for long periods of time can actually lead to even more fatigue than if you had stayed in bed all night! The benefits of getting enough shut-eye include:
- Increased energy levels throughout the day (instead of feeling groggy)
- Improved brain function (so that you’re able to think clearly)
- Better moods (because lack of sleep causes irritability)
You can heal faster from your stroke or heart attack by making sure you get enough vitamin C, K, E and A. You should also eat more blueberries, add fatty fish to your diet, don’t forget to eat greens every day and eat whole grains instead of refined and processed foods. Get enough sleep each night so that your body is well rested when it comes time to recover from surgery or rehabilitation after a heart attack or stroke!