The possibility of a life threatening stroke is a fatal reality that can happen to anyone at any time. What can you do to prevent the chances of this happening to you? Below are 10 tips that can help you avoid a stroke.
#1 Understand and Monitor Blood Pressure
WebMD suggests understanding blood pressure and keeping the numbers low will help prevent the potential threat of future strokes. Those with higher levels of blood pressure are at a higher risk for stroke and other heart diseases.
#2 Control Cholesterol
“Cholesterol is a fatty substance in blood that is made by the body. It also comes in food. High cholesterol levels can clog arteries and cause a stroke. See a doctor if your total cholesterol level is more than 200,” advises the National Stroke Association.
#3 Know Your Body
Knowing about your other medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease and seeking proper treatment will also help you prevent your chances of having a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
#4 Drink Healthy Beverages
Dr. Stephen Sinatra; a cardiologist with more than 30 years of clinical practice and book author on the subject suggests you should “drink 1 to 3 cups of green tea and 2 ounces of pomegranate juice daily,” to help prevent strokes.
#5 Go on the DASH Diet
PeaceHealth.org advises to help reduce chances of a stroke become familiar with and utilize the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Eating Plan which lowers your sodium, caloric and cholesterol intake.
#6 Curb Drinking Habits
According to Health.com, “The University of Cincinnati has shown that having more than two (alcoholic) drinks a day is associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage, a particularly deadly type of stroke caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the surface of the brain.”
#7 Take Vitamin B Complex Daily
Readers Digest book Stealth Health advises taking B vitamin complex to help prevent stroke. A study of over 200 men and women after taking Vitamin B confirmed that 40 percent had lower amounts of homocysteine, a substance that increases heart disease and upping your chances of a stroke.
#8 Get Moving
Women’s Health.gov suggests keep your body moving to lower your risk of an early death from heart disease or stroke. They suggest getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous- intensity aerobic physical activity, or a combination of the two and some form of muscle strengthening activities on two other days.
#9 Quit Smoking and Don’t Be Around Second Hand Smoke
Caregiver.org states that: “Smoking can double your stroke risk. In addition to harming the lungs, smoking also injures blood vessel walls, speeds up hardening of the arteries, makes your heart work harder, and raises blood pressure. Exposure to second-hand smoke also increases the risk of stroke. The good news is that if you stop smoking today, within two to five years your stroke risk will be the same as that of someone who never smoked”.
#10 Stay Informed
Information in medical studies change constantly, claims the Sarver Heart Center of Arizona, which states: “Do not believe every piece of “scientific information” you find in the media or advertisements. An overwhelming number of research studies that make it into scientific publications are poorly designed or yield data that are not representative, e.g., due to a lack of a sufficient number of participants”.