I am writing this article to disseminate information about the prevention of a stroke. A stroke is an event which causes damage to part of the brain. This happens when blood flow is interrupted to the arteries that feed the brain. It can also happen if the arteries suffer tears or leaks.
Simply defined, a stroke is the rapid loss of brain function due to the stoppage of blood supply to the brain. When this happens the brain cannot work properly. A stroke is a serious medical emergency. It can cause permanent damage. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability for adults in the United States.
It is said that 80% of all strokes can be prevented if a person will work on reducing the risk before the stroke happens. The following are some of the things that one must do in order to proactively address the issue of having a stroke.
Stop smoking and avoid people who smoke so that you are not exposed to secondhand smoke. Smoking has been found to be a major factor in people having strokes. Since smoking is addictive it might be helpful for some people to consult with your doctor or other medical professionals to obtain help in kicking the habit.
Moderate your alcohol intake. Excessive amounts of alcohol have been found to exacerbate problems in the body that increase the risk of suffering a stroke. The generally agreed-upon limit for drinking is two alcoholic drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.
Exercise is another effective remedy. One must endeavor to be active for at least 30 minutes a day to fully receive the benefits of exercise. This activity also addresses other issues like diabetes, high cholesterol and excess weight. All these are also contributing factors to getting a stroke.
Modify your diet to include more fruits, vegetables, and high fiber foods. Also choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol. Last but not least eat foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids. Included in that list are salmon, mackerel, lake trout, sardines and herring.
Other Health Factors
Other factors such as high cholesterol levels, diabetes and circulation problems should also be addressed. The best way to address these other issues is to follow the things that were written on this list and then consult with your doctor.
Only a physician can effectively prescribe medication in order to mitigate the risk of stroke. Please do not experiment with medicines or self-medicate.
I hope this is helpful. Here’s to your health.