Stroke accounts for the fourth largest number of deaths in the United States annually and is a leading cause of disability. But there is good news; there are about 7 million stroke survivors alive today, and the death rate from stroke has actually declined over recent years.
Do you want some more good news? You can control some risk factors and potentially prevent a stroke.
Manage high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
High blood pressure can damage blood vessels, including the ones that provide vital blood flow to the brain. Diabetes, which affects how the body processes sugars and fats, should be controlled to reduce complications if you do have a stroke.
The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke can damage the cardiovascular system, causing narrowed blood vessels and blood clots.
Eat healthy foods.
Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily to help reduce the risk of stroke. Choose low-calorie, low-fat snacks and bake, boil or broil rather than frying. Avoid adding salt and opt for canola, safflower or olive oils when cooking. Select skinless chicken, lean red meat, turkey and fish.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Being overweight can cause your body to convert excess fat and cholesterol into plaque, potentially reducing blood flow to the brain and making your heart work harder. Losing just 10 pounds can help lower your cholesterol level and blood pressure.
Moderate exercise of at least 30 minutes most days can not only lower your risk of stroke, but also help improve your heart health, lose weight, control diabetes and reduce stress.
To learn about your personal risk factors for stroke attend a free screening at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake on Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call 877-647-1109 today to make your reservation.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218