David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org
Stroke prevention begins with knowing your blood pressure and keeping your other body systems tuned up as well. What matters for stroke prevention is that you don’t ignore regular routine maintenance.
The gauge on your car’s dashboard may tell you if your car’s tire pressure is off, but the human body has no way of alerting us when blood pressure is on the rise. Oftentimes, there are subtle warning signs that we dismiss which can lead to a stroke. This is why health authorities refer to having high blood pressure as the “silent killer”.
Here’s Some Simple Stroke Prevention Guidelines to Keep Your Body in Balance:
- Know your blood pressure. You certainly have it checked during regular office visits with your healthcare professional. In fact it is often the first vital sign checked as an indicator if your body is out of balance. It should be checked daily if you are at risk, and now home monitoring equipment makes it easy and possible. If it’s elevated, work with your doctor to keep it under control. Having high blood pressure, or hypertension, increases stroke risk four to six times.
Here’s a quick review below of the iHealth Home Blood Pressure Monitor. I found it to be accurate and easy to use in my review compared to a wrist worn BP cuff.
2. Find out if you have atrial fibrillation – a type or irregular heartbeat. If left untreated, AF can increase stroke risk four to six times.
3. If you smoke, stop. Smoking doubles stroke risk.
4. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
5. Find out if you have high cholesterol. High cholesterol can indirectly increase stroke risk by putting people at greater risk of heart disease.
6. If you’re diabetic, follow your doctor’s recommendation carefully to control your diabetes. People with diabetes have a higher stroke risk. This may be due to circulation problems that diabetes can cause.
7. Include exercise in the activities you enjoy in your daily routine. Active people tend to have lower cholesterol levels. Regular exercise also seems to slow down or stop the clogging of blood vessels by deposits.
8. Enjoy a lower sodium (salt), lower fat diet. Too much salt may contribute to high blood pressure and make it more difficult to control. A diet that’s low in fat will likely include vegetables, lean meats such as chicken and fish, low-fat dairy products and a limited number of eggs.
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9. Ask your doctor if you have circulation problems which increases your risk for stroke.
10. If you experience any stroke symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Did you know there are 10 signs that you should know that are warnings that you should seek help?
CALL 911! Every minute counts!