Stroke, A Deadly But Preventable Disease.
A stroke is a “brain attack” that can occur to anyone at any time. It happens when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off; as consequence brain cells of that area are deprived from oxygen and begin to die.
If you suffer from a stroke, it will either take your life or leave you with miserable consequences. According to health statistics, every 4 minutes someone dies from stroke, but the choking news is that 80% of most stroke can be prevented.
Continue Reading And Learn These Simple Tips To Prevent Stroke
1. Quit Smoking and Limit Alcohol Use
When compared to non-smokers, smokers are two times more likely to have an ischemic stroke which is caused by a narrowing or blocking of arteries to the brain.
A 2008 study of women ages 15 to 49 published in the journal Stroke found that there is a dose-response relationship between the current number of cigarettes smoked per day and ischemic stroke risk. In other words, stroke risk is proportional to how much a person smokes.
Try to quit smoking, and seek professional help if needed. It will also improve your overall health and reduce the risk of other serious conditions.
Also, limit your alcohol intake as heavy drinking increases the risk of strokes. Men should not drink more than 3 to 4 units a day. Women should not drink more than 2 to 3 units a day. One unit of alcohol is about ½ pint of weak beer, a small pub measure of spirits or ½ standard glass of wine.
2. Control High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for strokes. People often do not treat high blood pressure aggressively because it does not have any outward telltale signs.
The American Heart Association reports that only about 45 percent of people with high blood pressure actually have it under control. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with uncontrolled high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke than those with normal blood pressure.
Take your blood pressure medicine as directed, get regular checkups and make necessary lifestyle changes like limiting salt intake to help regulate your blood pressure.
3. Make Healthy Eating Choices
Follow a healthy diet rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains like apples, pears, berries, cherries, pomegranate, broccoli, kale, spinach, avocados, almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds and others. Your diet should be high in fiber and antioxidants, and low in saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.
Plus, the American Heart Association recommends eating green leafy vegetables along with fortified grains and cereals to get enough folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.
These nutrients are associated with lower levels of an amino acid called homocysteine in the blood. High levels of this amino acid are linked to cardiovascular problems, including strokes.
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