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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.
  • Exercise.

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.






  • 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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