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How to decrease your chances of a stroke

It’s known as a silent killer because you never know when you will be affected by it. For those who think they are not at risk you need to get serious about it and find out more about strokes and if you are at risk. Your doctor will be able to give you all this information based on your past medical history, family history, and you’re over all health. Statistics show that someone has a stroke every 45 seconds in the United States alone.

Know your family history. If your parents had a stroke your chance of having one increases because there is something genetic that can be passed down to you that may cause a stroke. A stoke can happen when the blood flow is suddenly stopped in the brain. This can cause permanent damage that cannot be reversed.

What causes a stroke to occur? There are several different factors that can have an affect on someone’s risk of having a stroke; smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. These are the major causes of a stroke. If you are obese, have a family history of heart disease and stroke, and you are not active and healthy overall you may be a high risk for a stroke. Most of these conditions can be controlled and monitored through out your adult life so you can decrease your chances of having a stroke.

What can you do to decrease your chance of having a stroke? Above all, always see your doctor on a regular basis. Keep all appointment when possible and write down any questions or symptoms that you have been experiencing since your last visit. This will keep them informed of everything in case it is leading to something serious. If you experience pain or other symptoms that may be serious contact your doctor that day to rule out any conditions that may be occurring. It may be nothing to worry about but let your doctor tell you that. If you have high blood pressure you should take your medication on a regular basis as directed by your doctor. Know your body signs and that way you can tell when your blood pressure is elevated. High cholesterol is something that you don’t want to fool around with. Make sure you have a cholesterol check regularly and know your numbers. Modify your diet in order to keep your cholesterol levels down. Your doctor can help you plan a menu that works well for you or you can do some research online to find out which foods you should avoid and which foods to eat at lower servings.

Avoid stress whenever it’s possible. It’s not easy to avoid sometimes but you should do your best and not take on any additional stress that you can’t handle. Retirement should be a time to enjoy and although things change you should be alert to what stresses you out the most and avoid them all together whenever that is possible. Try to walk every day but if you can’t then find another alternative exercise that can get you up off the couch and moving around.


Know your body and decrease your chances of having a heart attack.


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