How to reduce the risk of stroke: seven ways to avoid the disease

Doctors say the stroke should not be considered inevitable, even if you have advanced age and genetic predisposition, according

So, there are seven effective ways to protect yourself from a stroke

  • Regular inspection from a specialist

The problem of stroke is so urgent that the medical community holds free promotions where you can get advice from neurologists and even to do ultrasound of neck vessels.

  • Low blood pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is several times increases the risk of stroke. In that regard, all people at risk, should be measured blood pressure at least once a week (and in the summer, in the heat twice a day). It is important to remember that even in good health and no symptoms of hypertension headache, fatigue, and sleep disturbance, increased pressure at rest values above 140/90 is reason to immediately contact a doctor.

Very important and such seems to be a easy preventative measures:

  • Reducing the amount of salt in the diet to 1,500 mg per day (about 0.5 teaspoon).
  • The rejection of foods high in cholesterol.
  • Add in the daily diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy and one serving of fish 2-3 times a week.
  • Increase physical activity: 30 minutes a day and more if possible (but without fanaticism: resistive load, even a favorite of many swimming, can lead to high blood pressure. Better part to replace to water aerobics).
    • Weight control

    Neurologists agree that weight loss is one of the most effective measures in the prevention of stroke. This simple method allows, if not completely eliminate, greatly reduce the risk of developing the disease, because it often leads to normalization of blood pressure. Excess body weight contributes to the development of high blood pressure, diabetes, and creates an increased load on the heart muscle. Weight reduction is impossible without correction of the diet. And avoiding rich and heavy meals in turn leads to lower sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood. World practice shows that, with only one level control blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke by 50%.


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    • Physical activity

    Physical inactivity (low physical activity) is also the enemy of our body. Prevention of stroke should include physical exercise from 30 minutes a day and at least five times a week. In this case, best suited aerobic exercise – repetitive exercise, in which increases the flow of oxygen in the body. These exercises should choose a doctor based on age and existing diseases. Enough to start small: the stairs instead of the Elevator, the extra 5-10 minutes to walk to work, walk at lunchtime. You need to adhere to recommended medical diet not less than three or four months to get the result.

    • Treatment of diabetes

    In patients with diabetes significantly increases the risk of stroke. Studies say, people who are predisposed to stroke, but not with diabetes is less exposed to danger. And patients with diabetes suffer a stroke much heavier than the others due to a atherosclerosis the arteries are unable to move oxygen.

    • The reduction of alcohol consumption

    Today, no one there is no doubt that alcohol significantly increases the risk of stroke.

    • Quitting Smoking

    Smokers a stroke happens two to three times more often than non-smokers. And Smoking men and women aged up to 55 years of age Smoking is the main risk factor for stroke.

    The main factors that increase the risk of stroke in smokers:

  • In the damaged vascular wall atherosclerosis (wall thickening and reduction of lumen), and this increases the risk of clot formation in the blood vessels of the brain.
  • Smoking affects the properties of special blood cells – platelets, resulting in increased risk of blood clots in the major arteries that bring blood to the brain and heart.
  • Smoking increases blood pressure, which is one of the most important factors in the risk of stroke.
  • Take care of yourself, because each year nearly 12 million cases of stroke.