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9 Healthy Things You Should Do to Prevent Stroke

A stroke may be caused when the flow of blood is cut off to part of your brain.When that happens, brain cells begin to die, affecting a person’s memory and ability to control muscles. Most are caused by a clot when blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain burst or are blocked.These are called ischemic strokes. About 10% are caused by bleeding in the brain. These are hemorrhagic strokes.

Some people may experience only a temporary disruption of blood flow to the brain (transient ischemic attack, or TIA) that doesn't cause permanent damage.

Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and working with health care practitioners to control stroke risk factors.

Even after surviving a stroke, you’re not out of the woods, since having one makes it a lot more likely that you’ll have another

permanent damage.

These are the most important steps you can take to lower your risk of stroke:

1. A stressful lifestyle can bring on various complicated symptoms such as a condition called atrial fibrillation (known as the silent killer) the stress causes the heart to palpitate which can cause the blood to form clots (much like if you put milk into a butter churn and keep the churn turning, gradually lumps are formed) If you have regular heart palpitations; it is very wise to get in touch with your Doctor to get it addressed.

2. Lower Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the major cause of strokes. High blood pressure is one major reason for brain stroke in both men and women. Uncontrolled blood pressure almost doubles the risk of stroke. It is imperative that you monitor and ensure that you maintain your blood pressure at 120/80 mmHg level.

3. Control Your Diabetes

High blood sugar can make you 2-4 times more likely to suffer a stroke. If it’s not well-controlled, diabetes can cause fatty deposits or clots inside your blood vessels. This can narrow the ones in your brain and neck and might disrupt the flow of blood to your brain.

4. Exercise

Exercising is a great way to reduce weight and become healthy. Commit yourself to a daily fitness routine for at least 30 minutes every day. You may choose activities like walking,swimming, etc or better yet, practice your favorite sport.

Regular exercise is vital to help prevent or lessen your risk of stroke.

5. Stay Away From Smoking

Smoking significantly increases your risk of having a stroke. This is because it narrows your arteries and makes your blood more likely to clot.

Smoking doubles the risk of stroke when compared to a nonsmoker.

If you stop smoking, you can reduce your risk of having a stroke. Not smoking will also improve your general health and reduce your risk of developing other serious conditions, such as lung cancer and heart disease.

6. Manage Your Heart

An irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation (AFib), is behind some strokes that result from blood clots. Atrial fibrillation makes blood pool in your heart, where it can clot.

If that clot moves to your brain, it can lead to a stroke. You can have atrial fibrillation as a result of high blood pressure, plaques in your arteries, heart failure, and other factors.

7. Consume Better Foods

Avoid junk food.

Take a healthy and balanced diet. Include lots of fruits, vegetables, cereals, and low-fat dairy.

Eating healthy foods can lessen your risk of a stroke and assist you to shed weight if you need it.

Choose lean proteins and high-fiber foods. Lessen your intake of trans and saturated fats, which can clog your arteries. Lessen your salt consumption, and avoid processed foods. They’re often packed with salt, which can increase your blood pressure and trans fats.

8. Medications

Intake of medication, medical processes, and surgery can get your heart back into normal rhythm. If you are not aware of you have atrial fibrillation but feel heart flutters or have shortness of breath, make an appointment with your doctor

9. Manage Your Cholesterol Levels

High blood cholesterol causes plaques to form in the blood vessels resulting in impaired blood supply to the brain leading to death of brain cells. It is very essential, therefore, to ensure that cholesterol levels are also in the normal range. Again, exercise and diet play a vital role in the control of cholesterol levels.

These lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of problems like:

1. arteries becoming clogged with fatty substances (atherosclerosis)

2. high blood pressure

3. high cholesterol levels

If you have already had a stroke, making these changes can help reduce your risk of having another stroke in the future.

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