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Health Tips for Preventing a Stroke

Stroke Prevention at Kingston HealthCareNearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year. Despite its commonality, Kingston Healthcare wants you to know there are a number of ways you can prevent a stroke from occurring. These tips below will not only help you prevent a stroke, they will also help feel healthier overall.

Healthy Diet

Limit the number of foods you consume that are high in salt, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. These items can increase your cholesterol and blood pressure, which can trigger a stroke.

A great way to improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels is to eat more fruits and vegetables. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you have at least one fruit and one vegetable at every meal. For an evening snack, reach for some carrots and hummus instead of a bag of potato chips.

Exercise

Exercise can also lower both your blood pressure and cholesterol. The surgeon general suggests that adults complete two-and-a-half hours of vigorous exercise, such as a brisk walk, each week.

To motivate yourself to workout, set an exercise schedule with a friend. You’re less likely to skip the routine if you set a schedule with someone else. Kingston also offers a variety of various exercise classes that anyone can attend.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

It’s common knowledge that diet and exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, but do you know if you’re over weight or not? To measure your body mass index, enter your height and weight at the CDC website and see what your ideal weight range is and if you fall in that range.

Quit Smoking

The nicotine in cigarettes increases your blood pressure, narrows your arteries, increases your heart rate and increases the chances of a blood clot.  Since a stroke is a result of interrupted blood flow to the brain, it’s easy to see why kicking this habit will reduce your risk of stroke.

If you’ve tried to quit in the past and have been unsuccessful, ask your doctor for suggestions to help you quit smoking.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Too much alcohol can increase your blood pressure. It’s suggested that men limit themselves to two drink a day and women only have one.

If you’re taking these preventative steps and still have high blood pressure or cholesterol levels, talk to your doctor about other preventative measures you can take to avoid a stroke.