A stroke is rarely an isolated event. The vast majority of strokes occur as a result of other medical conditions that have gotten out of hand. To reduce your risk of stroke, it’s important that you manage your risk of other medical conditions as well. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and stress management can go a long way toward preventing stroke.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure causes blood to flow with greater force, causing scar tissue to form inside the blood vessels. Plaque can then build up in the scar tissue, making it easier for clots to form. For many people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, it’s only a matter of time before a clot causes a stroke or heart attack. If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor about medication and lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of stroke.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects one’s blood circulation and blood sugar. This combination means that people with diabetes are at a much higher risk of stroke than most others. People with diabetes often have hardened arteries, which can further limit blood flow. If you have diabetes, it’s essential to speak with your doctor about effective management strategies.
Heart disease and stroke are very closely related. Heart disease is characterized by high blood pressure and a buildup of plaque in the arteries, which greatly increase the risk of a clot. If a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked, a stroke occurs. You can reduce your risk of stroke by reducing your risk of heart disease through exercise, healthy eating, and healthy lifestyle habits.
Northside Hospital is the only hospital in St. Petersburg to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. We’ve been saving the lives of St. Petersburg residents since 1976. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 598-9586 to learn more about stroke.