Ways to Prevent a Stroke

December 1, 2017

According to the CDC – Centers for Disease Control, stroke is the #1 cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S.  Strokes affect an estimated four out of five families.  Here are a few ways you can reduce the risk:

Control blood pressure – high blood pressure means a high risk of stroke.

Manage stress and depression – minimize stress, anger and depression; get out, make new friends or engage in stimulating activities.Go for a walk, mediate, reduce the amount of caffeine.

Reduce the risk of blood clots – check with your doctor about medications that can reduce the risk of developing blood clots; the most commonly recommended medication is aspirin.

Control other medical conditions – make sure you are aware of any other medical conditions and that your doctor is treating them appropriately.

Know the early warning signs – sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes; sudden difficulty walking, loss of balance or coordination.

Keep “bad” cholesterol levels low – make sure to check cholesterol levels regularly and have treated if necessary.

Follow a heart-healthy diet – choose a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, poultry, lean meats and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.

Exercise regularly – it is essential for general cardiovascular health.