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J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2008 Apr;1(2):61-2.

The rising cost of falling: Strategies to combat a common post-stroke foe.

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Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Research Center, University of Minnesota.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

As a person ages, falls and strokes each become more likely, and because stroke patients are independently at increased risk for falling, the risk of falls is compounded in this population.

DISCUSSION:

There are a number of preventive measures that can be easily implemented to decrease the risk of falling. These are well known to physical and occupational therapists, so a consultation is well-advised. Four areas of focus are: (1) Exercise, to increase strength, balance, and coordination. (2) Vision, to assure that the subject sees as well as possible. (3) Medication, to minimize side effects that could influence falling. (4) Environment, to remove obstacles, add assists, and provide optimal lighting.

CONCLUSION:

Falls among stroke patients are costly in terms of risk to the individual and treatment demands on the healthcare system. However, simple attention to details can reduce the risk of falling.

KEYWORDS:

elderly; falls; prevention; stroke

PMID:
22518222
PMCID:
PMC3317317
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