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Stroke Prevention

What You Can Do

Knowing your family history and getting regular check-ups are important factors in staying healthy. Try these tips to help prevent a stroke:

  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Change your diet. Eat a low-fat diet rich in vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy foods, and reduce your sodium intake.
  • Lose excess weight.
  • Exercise regularly. Get 30 minutes or more of aerobic activity most days of the week.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Get your blood pressure checked every one to two years, especially if high blood pressure runs in your family.
  • Have your cholesterol checked. If you’re at high risk for stroke, your LDL "bad" cholesterol should be lower than 100 mg/dL. Your doctor may recommend that you try to reduce your LDL cholesterol to 70 mg/dL.
  • Find out if you have an irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation or circulation problems.
  • Follow your doctor's treatment recommendations if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or heart disease.

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.

Learn more at the American Heart Association

 

 

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  • Balance

    Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance?

  • Eyes

    Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

  • Face

    Does the face look uneven or drift down?

  • Arm

    Does one arm drift down?

  • Speech

    Does the person's speech sound strange?

  • Time

    If you observe any of these signs, it is time
    to call 9-1-1. 

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.

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