The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have joined together to educate people in the United States to the facts that, Stroke is the Number 4 cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability. Through their education we can learn about Stroke, and its devastating effects.
These tips will help you get started on your way to a lifestyle where you have done all that you can do to prevent a Stroke from happening to you.
Control Your Blood Pressure for Stroke Prevention
According to the American Heart Association a healthy blood pressure is below 120 and below 80. High blood pressure can over time lead to hardening of the arteries, which can lead to the small veins that carry blood to the brain being blocked, thus causing a stroke. Your doctor can help with a plan that best suits you in maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
Don’t Smoke for Stroke Prevention
It is a well – known fact that smoking is bad for your health, but in this case it causes a plaque build – up in one, or both of the carotid arteries, blocking blood flow to the brain. So, if you are on a mission of Stroke Prevention, and you find it difficult to quit smoking, your doctor can help you with a plan that will best suit you.
Know Your Heart and Afib for Stroke Prevention
If you’ve noticed your heart skipping beats, or a beating at a fast rate for no reason you will want to see your doctor about this, as you might have atrial fibrillation (Afib). If left undiagnosed or untreated, Afib grow into something serious, like a Stroke. Pay attention to your heart and what it is trying to tell you.
Manage Cholesterol for Stroke Prevention
High cholesterol can cause a plaque build – up in the arteries, blocking blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke. Also, high cholesterol can lead to heart disease, which is a risk factor for Stroke. Regular check – ups and a cholesterol checks will let you know if there is a problem. Your doctor can determine if you need medication, or if it can be dealt with in a more naturopathic manner.
Physical Activity for Stroke Prevention
There is a lot of controversy as to how beneficial physical activity is in preventing a stroke, but look at it this way; physical activity increases the blood flow, which benefits the body; so it’s not going to be unbeneficial. It would be to your benefit to be as active as you could be.
A Balanced Diet for Stroke Prevention
Eating a nutritious diet is more important in Stroke Prevention than most people realize. It is thought by many that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of stroke. Potatoes, bananas, yogurt, beans are high – potassium foods and they can help lower blood pressure, which can help lower risk for stroke.
Control Weight for Stroke Prevention
Excess weight is hard on the body, and not only that; it is hard on the circulatory system as well. With excess weight seems to come high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes which are risk factors for stroke. Your doctor can help you with a program to help you lose, and maintain a healthy weight.
Lower or No Alcohol Use for Stroke Prevention
There are some studies that say low alcohol consumption will not affect the risk of stroke, but then there are studies that say a high alcohol consumption; more than 2 drinks a day can increase the risk of stroke by 50%. It would be best, if you consume alcohol on a regular basis, to consult with your doctor, who will take your overall health into consideration before best advising you.
Lower Sodium for Stroke Prevention
Most Americans consume far too much sodium. We like our French fries, potato chips, popcorn and let’s face it; we like our salt. If too much sodium is consumed it can lead to high blood pressure, which can increase risk of stroke. It is an easy matter to lower our sodium intake.
Reduce Stress for Stroke Prevention
In a Spanish study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry shows that “people who are quick – tempered, impatient, aggressive, or naturally hostile may be more likely to have a stroke, compared to their more laid – back counterparts.”
“Our findings indicate that people can lower their stroke risk by attempting to reduce the stress in their lives,” says researcher Ana Marie Garcia, M.D., of the Hospital Clinico Universitario San Carlos in Madrid.
It is important to reduce stress in our lives wherever we can.
Along with implementing these tips for stroke prevention, it would be a good idea to learn FAST:
F – ask person to smile. Does one side droop?
A – ask person to raise arms. Does one arm drift down?
S – speech – ask person to repeat a phrase. Is speech slurred?
T – time – if you observe any of these symptoms, call 9 – 1 – 1 immediately.
You could save a life.