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A Stroke Impacts Spouse's Health, Too

Strokes have long-term impact on spouse health.

Swedish researchers report caring for a spouse who had a stroke may negatively impact their mental and physical health for years to come. The two most important predictors of the caregiver spouse's quality of life was the extent of the spouse's stroke disability and their own age. Even when stroke survivors impairment was relatively mild the caregivers reported decreased mental health for several years after the event when compared to control spouses.

PositiveTip: Family and community help is essential in long-lasting support for the spouse of a stroke survivor.