While there are risk factors for stroke you can’t control, there are important steps you can take now to significantly reduce your risk of stroke or recurrent stroke.
Monitor Your Blood Pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke. Talk to your doctor about how often you should be screened, and what you can do to keep your blood pressure in check (dietary, exercise and other lifestyle changes).
Stop smoking. Smoking doubles your stroke risk by damaging blood vessel walls, contributing to clogged arteries and raising your blood pressure.
Care for other health conditions. High cholesterol, diabetes, atrial fibrillation and atherosclerosis all increase your risk for stroke. Know your risk factors for these health conditions, and talk to your doctor about managing these conditions—and then follow your treatment plans as directed.
Monitor Alcohol Use. Many studies link alcohol to increased stroke risk. Stick to one drink a day for women and two for men, according to the USDA recommendation.
Manage Your Weight. Obesity puts you at risk for many of the conditions that raise your stroke risk, including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Copyright 1994-2016MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.