Stroke is currently the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 130,000 people every year. While some people may be genetically predisposed to stroke, almost all cases of stroke can be prevented with a few healthy lifestyle tips. Northside Hospital recommends the following tips to help reduce your risk of stroke.
High levels of stress are strongly linked to high blood pressure, which in turn is linked to an increased risk of stroke. To reduce your blood pressure, make a point of decompressing after a long, stressful day at work. Yoga, warm baths, and immersing yourself in a new hobby are all good ways to relieve stress.
Eat Low-Fat Foods
Foods with trans fat and saturated fat can increase the amount of LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream, increasing the chances of a blood clot. Instead of eating chips, candy, fried foods, and fatty meats, opt for nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein. Fish is especially good for your arteries.
It’s important to keep your heart and blood vessels strong for as long as possible. The best way to do that is to begin an exercise routine and stick with it. Medical professionals recommend about 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. You don’t have to run 5 miles every day—even a walk around the block is a good place to start.
Quit Unhealthy Habits
Frequent smoking and drinking alcohol can harden your arteries, making it more likely that you’ll suffer a stroke. Doctors and nurses all over the world recommend that people stop smoking and limit their alcohol intake to one or two drinks a day.
With help from qualified medical professionals, you can drastically reduce your chances of suffering a stroke and increase your life expectancy. For more information about stroke prevention, call (888) 598-9586 to learn more about at the Comprehensive Stroke Center of Northside Hospital. We’re proud to serve the people of Pinellas County.