Important Information on Life After a Stroke
Antiplatelet drugs prevent clotting by decreasing the activity of platelets. Doctors prescribe these drugs mainly for prevention of another stroke. The most widely known and used antiplatelet drug is aspirin. Other antiplatelet drugs include:
- Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
- Ticlopidine (Ticlid®)
- Dipyridamole (Persantine®)
- Aspirin and dipyridamole (Aggrenox®).
As part of stroke recovery, doctors may prescribe medications to treat stroke risk factors. These medicines may include:
Anxiety and Depression During the Stroke Recovery PeriodAfter a stroke, many people worry about having another one. They often feel depressed and may have trouble adjusting to a new lifestyle. You should discuss any feelings of anxiety or depression with your healthcare provider. He or she can give you medicine for these conditions, if needed. Be sure to spend time with family, friends, and even pets. Affection can make you feel better and less lonely. Most people do not continue to feel depressed after they have fully recovered.
(Click Stroke and Depression for more information.)
Know How and When to Seek Medical AttentionHaving a stroke increases your chances of having another one. Therefore, it's important that you and your family know how and when to seek medical attention. Talk to your doctor about making an emergency action plan, and discuss it with your family as well. The plan should include:
- Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke (see Stroke Symptoms)
- How to access emergency medical services in your community
- The location of the nearest hospital that offers 24-hour emergency stroke care.
Unfortunately, most stroke victims wait two hours or more after their symptoms begin before they seek medical help. This delay can result in death or lasting brain damage.