Although I am not an expert in strokes, there is a lot of credible information available to help you understand how to prevent strokes and reduce your stroke risk factors. The sources used in this article come from reviewing information from doctors and from stroke.org. Stroke.org is an organization that has been around since 1984 and has the purpose of reducing the occurrences of strokes.
Get familiar with your blood pressure. According to stroke.org, high blood pressure is a big risk factor for strokes. Blood pressure can typically be checked at your local pharmacy. According to the Mayo clinic, blood pressure can be controlled by increasing time spent exercising, reducing exposure to stress, changes to diet such as reducing salt and fat intake. As you will discover these are the same things one has to do to reduce stroke risks and or prevent strokes.
If you smoke, you need to quit. According to stroke.org your potential for stroke is doubled if you smoke. There are several programs and resources available to help you quit smoking. Although I am not an expert strokes, I am an expert in behavior modification. With that said, smoking can be overcome using behavior modification. As a practitioner of behavior modification, I could tell you that the process would involve small changes over a period of time until smoking is overcome.
Manage your consumption of alcohol. Most health professionals typically report that limiting alcohol consumption to one to two drinks a day is safe. Drinking more than the two drinks per day has been linked to an increased risk of having a stroke, according to stroke.org.
Exercise at least five days a week. Exercising serves many benefits that can tackle stroke risk factors. Exercising can and should lead to weight reduction. According to stroke.org excess weight makes your circulatory system work harder, thus increasing risk of a stroke.
Maintain a healthy diet. This is one of the most common prevention advice given from health professionals. The top diet suggestions are to reduce or eliminate salt intake. Reduce fat intake, and try to maintain a low calorie diet.
Manage cholesterol. This tip goes along with maintaining a healthy diet. You should speak with a health professional and learn what types of cholesterol you need and which types to avoid or eliminate.
Avoid stress. You may ask yourself how that is possible. Studying stress reveals that many times stress is our reaction to events or people, one method to avoid stress is to train yourself to respond differently to stress. Another choice is to physically avoid as much stress as possible. Develop techniques to counter act your stress response, such as deep breathing, and muscle relaxation.
Treat depression. According to an article by Dr. Stibich, found at about.com, depression and stress typically are associated with increased chances of having a stroke. There is a myriad of options to treat depression. Start by having a serious conversation with your doctor.
Manage Heart disease. Many health professionals explain that managing other health issues can reduce the risk of stroke. As you research you will find that many of the suggestions made for reducing your chances of having a stroke will be similar for heart disease.
Manage your diabetes. Diabetes and stroke are closely related in terms of similar risk factors that can be managed and prevented. Stroke.org makes this association between diabetes and stroke, and suggest that a change in diet will help manage diabetes and reduce your risk of having a stroke.