Did you know that around 80 percent of all strokes don’t have to happen, they are preventable so get started immediately reducing your risk.
1. Blood pressure – This is something that we let go so easily without knowing if it is OK or not. Sometimes we think out of sight out of mind but in the case of blood pressure you are putting yourself at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Get tested and keep on top of your numbers and if you must take a medication, do it faithfully.
2. Alcohol use – It’s not that we can’t drink at all, in fact some has proven to be beneficial to our health. Like many things to much can cause problems and in the case of alcohol it has been linked to strokes. If your going to drink make it only two a day at the most and be sure they are only about an once of alcohol per drink.
3. Diet/Exercise – If we don’t keep in shape we will create a strain carrying the excess weight and this has a direct affect on our circulatory systems. Watch your salt intake, saturated fats and keep an eye on your calories and be sure to get in some exercise.
4. Cholesterol – Our bodies make cholesterol and it also comes in the food we eat. High levels in our systems can cause a stroke by clogging the arteries. Keep your level at 200 or below.
5. Smoking – We know this is bad for us from a very young age yet many of us decide to smoke anyways. What happens when you do is you damage you blood vessel walls and in turn your arteries become clogged at a much faster rate. Hand in hand you blood pressure rises, your heart works harder and you become a high risk for a stroke.
6. Diabetes – This is not something to mess with in any way shape or form. This puts you at risk for so many things with stroke being one of them. If you have diabetes please manage it properly and always be in check with your doctor.
7. Aspirin therapy – Many doctors say to take a baby aspirin each day, a dose of 81 miligrams. Studies have shown it to make a significant difference in prevention and intervention of your overall health including stroke.
8. Time Out – That’s right, give yourself a time out, quiet time to rest and take it easy. We go at such a fast pace most everyday and it is important to get proper sleep and to sit and relax periodically to keep healthy.
9. See your doctor – Simple enough, make those appointments and keep them for check ups with you doctor so he can monitor your health and be right on top of things should something arise.
10. Be aware of the signs – You should know the five signs a stroke is happening and they are:
- Off balance when walking
- Slurred speech
- Weaker on one side more than the other
- Severe headache
- Impaired Vision