Monday, September 29, 2014

Are you at risk for Stroke or Brain Attack ?

RISK FACTORS FOR STROKE

Many factors increase the risk for stroke. Some factors can be controlled, while others cannot

  • Strokes are four to six times more likely in people with high blood pressure.
  • People with high cholesterol are at double the risk of having a stroke.
  • Strokes are six times more likely to occur in people with heart disease.
  • Excess weight can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, which can lead to a stroke.
  • Heavy drinking increases the risk for stroke.
  • Smokers have double the risk for stroke as nonsmokers.

STROKE PREVENTION

Healthy diet, exercise, controlling blood pressure and not smoking are cornerstones of stroke prevention
  • Control your blood pressure.
  • Find out if you have heart disease, especially an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Find out if you have a diseased carotid artery
  • Lower your cholesterol.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Control your weight.
  • If you have diabetes, manage the disease.