Restoring Hope with Stroke Prevention

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie 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.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. HealthSouth Erie 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

HealthSouth Erie has taken the steps to ensure a higher quality of care for stroke patients in the Erie community by achieving certification for Disease-Specific Care in stroke rehabilitation. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ was awarded to the hospital for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety for stroke rehabilitation. The team at HealthSouth Erie is trained to provide rehabilitative care with nearly 60 percent of the nursing staff certified as rehabilitation nurses and many therapists certified in specific diseases/conditions to better serve patients.

For more information on stroke rehabilitation or prevention, visit www.healthsoutherie.com or call HealthSouth Erie at 814 878-1200. Additional resources and information are offered online by the Centers for Disease Control, American Stroke Association and National Stroke Association.

About HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie
HealthSouth Erie is a 108-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout northwest Pennsylvania, west New York and northeast Ohio, the hospital is located at 143 East Second Street and on the web at www.healthsoutherie.com.

About HealthSouth
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 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies.