Stroke prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control there are many things that people can do whether they have had a previous stroke or not to reduce their chances of having a stroke in the future. These things include changing diet and implementing exercise, reducing chance of heart disease, controlling high blood pressure and other chronic diseases and conditions.

First the CDC recommends that people look at their diet and maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. They say that anyone that maintains a healthy diet and an active lifestyle are much less likely to develop high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels later in life. They are much less likely to have heart disease, be obese, or have diabetes. All of these chronic conditions can lead to a stroke later in life. The CDC recommends eating a nutritionally balanced diet that includes healthy portions of fresh fruits and vegetables. They also recommend eating a diet that is low in sodium and one that contains a lower amount of saturated fats to help in these matters. They recommend regular physical activity three times a week to facilitate cardiovascular health to reduce the risk of stroke as well.

The next recommendations are to stop smoking and to use alcohol moderately or to stop the use of alcohol all together. Smoking can lead to cardiovascular and heart disease later in life. Smoking can raise blood pressure rates as well and has been linked to increased risk of stroke. Studies have shown that the risk of stroke goes down a few years after a person stops smoking. Alcohol consumption can raise cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure rates. Alcohol consumption should be very limited for anyone who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.

Take measures to control or prevent high blood pressure. Regular physical check ups with a physician can go far in preventing high blood pressure. Making changes in your diet and exercise as well as medication can bring high blood pressure under control which can greatly reduce the risk of stroke in the future. High blood pressure is known as the silent killer as it has virtually no symptoms until it has had severe side effects such as a stroke in a lot of cases. Regular medical care as well as a healthy lifestyle can stop this.

People who have diabetes are at a higher risk of stroke as well as those who have high blood pressure. They can reduce their risk by keeping their condition such as their blood sugar numbers and cholesterol levels under control. Regular medical check ups for diabetics are crucial in this matter as well.

People who have high cholesterol are also at higher risk for stroke than the average adult in the United States. They should take the necessary measures to reduce their cholesterol levels such as change their diet, exercise, take medication if necessary, follow the advice of their physician and be monitored regularly to reduce their chance of stroke.

People who are overweight or obese are also at higher risk of stroke than their counterparts. They should work with their medical professional to get a medically approved diet to lose the weight necessary so that their risk of stroke is reduced. Obese individuals are much more likely to have high cholesterol and high blood pressure as well.

Certain individuals have genetic dispositions which make them more likely to be predisposed to having a stroke in their lifetime. These people should be followed closely by a medical professional and follow their advise to reduce their risk of stroke during their lifetime.

A stroke can be a devastating and debilitating process for anyone. However there are things that we can do to reduce our chances of having this happen to us. Everyone should take measures so that we do not put ourselves in harms way of having this happen to us.

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Last updated on Aug 23rd, 2009 and filed under Cardiovascular Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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