September 18, 2006

Eight Ways to Help Prevent a Stroke

According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 700,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year. That means, on average, someone in America has a stroke every 45 seconds. Strokes are a leading cause of severe, long-term disability, and addressing the associated risk factors can be beneficial.

1. Control your blood pressure either through lifestyle changes or medication

2. Exercise. People who exercise consistently have a lower risk of suffering a stroke.

3. If you smoke, quit.

4. Limit alcohol intake. If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Moderate alcohol intake is defined as no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks a day for men.

5. Manage diabetes and keep tight control of blood sugar levels.

6. Lower cholesterol into a healthy range.

7. Focus on your diet. Follow a diet designed for those with high blood pressure and heart disease - it may be helpful in preventing strokes.

8. Take calcium and magnesium. These minerals are helpful in controlling high blood pressure, one of the strongest risk factors for stroke.

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