There are a lot of things that can help you to prevent the risk of stroke. Age makes us more vulnerable to having stroke, as does having a father, mother, or other close relative who has had a stroke. You simply can’t overturn the years or alter your family history, but there are a lot of other stroke risk factors that you can control – on condition that you are alert to them.
Knowledge is power. If you discern that a specific risk factor is damaging your health and affecting you to a higher risk of stroke, you can take steps to ease the effects of that risk. The following are a few proven ways to begin reining in your risks today to keep away from stroke, prior to a stroke has the opportunity to strike:
- Treat atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is a type of unbalanced heartbeat that results clots to form in the heart. Those clots can then travel to the brain, bring a stroke into being. Atrial fibrillation carries roughly a 5X risk of stroke.
You may need to take an anticoagulant drug – blood thinner – such as warfarin or one of the newer direct-acting anticoagulant drugs to lessen the risk of heart attack from atrial fibrillation. Consult your doctor for more details.
- Exercise more
Exercise contributes to losing weight and lowering blood pressure, but it even stands on its own as an independent stroke reducer. You should exercise at a moderate intensity at least five days a week. You can start a fitness club with your friends.
Consider taking the stairs in place of an elevator when you can. If you do not have thirty successive minutes to exercise, break it up into ten to fifteen minutes sessions a few times each day. Do not miss to take a walk around the neighborhood every morning after breakfast.
- Lose weight
Obesity, as well as the complications associated with it – including diabetes and high blood pressure – raises your chances of having a stroke. If you are overweight, losing as little as ten pounds can have a real impact on your stroke risk.
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