Stroke Awareness

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. 

Are you at risk for having a stroke?

 

The Bad News: There are factors that you cannot control like...

 

  • Heredity (a.k.a family history)
  • Age – the chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55. 

  • Sex (gender) – women have more strokes than men. 

  • Race – African Americans have a much high risk than Caucasians. 

  • Prior Stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack, aka. mini-stroke)

  • Prior Heart Attack

 

The Good News: There are factors that you can control like...

 

  • High blood pressure– The leading cause, and the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. You can reduce your blood pressure by eating foods that are low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol, and eating more fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy foods.

  • Cigarette smoking– Smoking lowers the amount of oxygen that gets to your organs, and it raises your blood pressure and bad cholesterol. All of these can increase your risk of  a stroke.

  • Diet – Diets high in cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans fat increase your risk of a stroke.

  • Physical activity and obesity Exercising at least 30 minutes 3 times per week will help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid having a stroke.

  • Diabetes – Eating less red meat and sweetened beverages,

    while eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will

    reduce your risk of diabetes.      

 

 

 

 

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