When it comes to your heart health, trying to reduce the risks of stroke is one thing everyone should be aware of. The following 10 tips can help you reduce your stroke risks.
Smoking will reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood. When there is a decrease in oxygen in the blood, it contributes to clots forming. Smoking can increase plaque build up in arteries.
Reducing Stimulant Intakes
Stimulants such as coffee, tea, soda, medications that have stimulants in them, eating fatty foods, and other unhealthy eating choices can contribute to higher risks of having a stroke.
Keeping your Blood Pressure Down
Anything that keeps your blood pressure to high can be another factor in increasing your chance of having a stroke. Not stressing about things can help keep your blood pressure down.
Be aware of all things that can cause interactions with your medications. Some foods that can interact with your anticoagulant are green leaf vegetables. For those on certain blood pressure medications (medications that help keep your BP regulated a low enough pressure to help prevent strokes), grapefruit could interact with those because of the blocking effect it has on the intestines where enzymes from medications are broken down.
Moderate Alcohol Use
While drinking alcohol is an enjoyment for most people, you should limit your consumption of alcohol to no more than two drinks a day to help reduce a risk for a stroke. Even though alcohol isn’t the only contributing factor for having a stroke, it can play a part in it if you drink in access.
Keep Diabetes in Check
Anyone who has diabetes knows there are things they need to keep under control. However, there are some who won’t follow their doctors advice for treatment as closely as they should. Following your doctor’s treatment regime, you can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Oh, Cholesterol; Oh Cholesterol
It’s the bad cholesterol levels you really need to keep in check. The fatty substance that your blood produces and in the foods we eat are what causes our bad cholesterol levels to get out sync of where they should be. That nasty stuff can clog our arteries and lead to stroke.
Lose the Weight Before it Becomes your Fate
Yes, obesity is another risk factor that can be controlled with a proper diet and exercise. Shedding those extra pounds will help reduce the risk of a stroke.
Don’t be a Couch Potato
I’m not one for going to the gym either and I am also overweight. There are exercises we all can do while sitting and watching TV. Even if we all got up during the commercials and did some light exercise, this would help us drop a few pounds and get into a better and healthier condition and reduce yet another risk factor for a stroke.
Blood Circulation Problems
While I mentioned the bad cholesterol that clogs our arteries above, clogged arteries also slows down the blood circulation in our bodies. This isn’t the only issue that can decrease our blood flow. Anemia and sickle cell are two other things which causes blood circulation to decrease. Both things attack the blood and causes lower red blood cell which carries oxygen through our blood and removes the carbon dioxide.