Footscray’s Dr Paul Pritchard says if you suffer from a stroke, you should consider taking a short break.
Footscray GP Dr Paul Piutcher has seen first-hand how the condition can impact people and families, particularly those who suffer from dementia.
“A stroke can have a profound impact on your quality of life and you should seek support to help you make the most of this opportunity,” Dr Pritcher said.
In his recent article for News.co.nz, Dr Pritzker said it was important to consider the long-term consequences of a stroke for the individual.
He said: “It’s also important to recognise that if you do have a stroke you may have no idea what’s happening or what to do and can’t see a doctor for any reason.
You may not have a lot of information and you may not know what to expect.
If you feel stressed or worried about the possibility of having a stroke or the possibility that you may lose your job, your family may need you to stay away for a while.”
Dr Pritchers article points out that you should keep a close eye on your family as a potential stroke might affect them.
But Dr Piroch said a stroke was a devastating situation, especially if you have been told that you need to get help.
When you are in a stroke-free zone, it’s important to keep in mind you can’t predict when it will happen and how long it will last.
Dr Piutchers advice also applies to people who are not able to work due to a stroke.
There is a difference between people who have a heart attack and stroke and people who may not be able to do anything else.
The best advice you can give yourself is to keep going as much as possible and make sure you are getting regular check ups.
For more information on the condition, you can visit www.sustainedstroke.org.au