Preventing a Stroke
What You Can Do
Knowing your family history and getting regular check-ups are important factors in staying healthy:
- Know your blood pressure.
- Find out if you have an irregular heart beat.
- Find out if you have high cholesterol.
- Ask your doctor to check your circulation.
- If you smoke, stop.
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
- If you have diabetes, follow your doctor's advice carefully to control your condition.
- Eat a lower-sodium (salt), lower-fat diet.
Reduce Your Blood Pressure - Helpful Tips
- Lose excess weight.
- Exercise Daily - Get 30 minutes or more of aerobic activity most days of the week.
- Change Your Diet - Eat a low-fat diet rich in vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy foods, and reduce your sodium intake.
- Limit Sodium - Try to take in less than 2,000 mg of sodium a day. Read food labels to know how much sodium you are consuming. Put away the salt shaker. Try other spices and herbs to add flavor to your foods.
- Quit Smoking - One of the best steps you can take to improve your blood pressure, heart and brain health.
- Reduce Stress - Through regular exercise, better time management, meditation or laughter, find the best outlet to reduce your stress.