Learn to lower your risk of stroke
Every 40 seconds, someone in America suffers from a stroke. Statistics show that nearly one-third of American adults suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure. This is one of the main causes of stroke.
Keep B.P. in check
If you have hypertension, regularly monitor your blood pressure and take your medication. Make sure you have an active lifestyle and follow a healthy diet. Go in for exercise, yoga, dance or sports. You can even get activity in other forms like a ten-minute walk during lunch hour, taking the steps instead of the elevator and so on.
Smoking causes many health problems and can cause a lot of damage to the body. It also extracts oxygen from the blood resulting in the heart having to work harder and increasing the chance of blood clots.
Lose weight if obese
When there is too much fat in your body, the chances of getting a stroke increase and not only that the risk of heart disease and diabetes increase as well. Consult your doctor and work out a healthy diet plan and exercise as well.
Cholesterol and atrial fibrillation
High levels of bad cholesterol may create plaque build-up in arteries and this can block blood flow to the brain resulting in stroke. The American Heart Association recommends that all adults older than 20 must test their cholesterol levels at least once every five years. If you have atrial fibrillation, the risk of getting a stroke increases five times.
A diet plays a key role in controlling high B.P. Cut down on salt, trans fats, saturated fats and cholesterol. Go in for plenty of servings of fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens, berries, oats, salmon, mackerel, skim milk and yogurt are some of the foods that help lower high B.P.