Posted on May 10 2012 at 12:08:20 PM in Health
Stroke prevention is the best way to reduce your chances of having a stroke. Did you know that studies have found up to 80% of all strokes can be prevented? So why not take action now.!
The best way to lower your risk of having a stroke is to have a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Not only will this help to lower your chances of stroke but it will increase your quality of life, help your body fight against ailments, give you more energy and make you stronger. So what are you waiting for??
The following are lifestyle factors that help with stroke prevention.
Healthy diet and Exercise
Regular exercise will make your heart and blood circulatory system more efficient. Having a healthy diet with regular exercise will help to maintain a healthy weight. This puts less strain on your heart and reduces your chances of developing high blood pressure. It is recommended to eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. You should avoid foods that are high in salt, saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol.
Did you know that if you are a smoker you are doubling the risk of having a stroke? Smoking causes narrowing of your arteries and makes it easier for your blood to clot. By quitting smoking you are reducing the chances of having a stroke by half. Smoking also increases your blood pressure and makes the heart work harder so it's just not a good idea!
High Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol is a fatty substances that clogs the arteries this can reduce or even block the flow of blood to the brain potentially causing a stroke. Avoid foods that are high in cholesterol so that means no more bacon sandwiches! try some oily fish instead!
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major factor in stroke prevention. If you have high blood pressure you will need to work out a strategy with your doctor on how to bring it down to normal levels. Having a healthy weight greatly reduces your chances of having high blood pressure. your doctor may also be able to prescribe medication that can help with high blood pressure.