Prevent A Stroke Naturally Before It Strikes you

Prevent A Stroke Naturally Before It Strikes you

Stroke can strike you any moment without notice, regardless of your age or family history. Know it before it comes to ruin your life as well as your family. Only knowledge can save you from this risks. Before a stroke gets the chance to strike, here are some ways to protect yourself starting today.

Age makes us more susceptible to having a stroke so be serious today or else be prepare to repent.

You can’t reverse the years or change your family history, but there are many other stroke risk factors that you can control—provided that you’re aware of them. “Knowledge is power,” says Dr. Natalia Rost, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and associate director of the Acute Stroke Service at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Here are seven ways to start reining in your risks today. To avoid stroke, know the prevention before a stroke has the chance to strike.

1. Lower Blood Pressure

How to achieve it:

Reduce the salt in your diet to no more than 1,500 milligrams a day (about a half teaspoon).
Avoid high-cholesterol foods, such as burgers, cheese, and ice cream.
Eat 4 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day, one serving of fish two to three times a week, and several daily servings of whole grains and low-fat dairy.
Get more exercise — at least 30 minutes of activity a day, and more, if possible.
Quit smoking, if you smoke.

2.Lose Weight

Obesity, as well as the complications linked to it (including high blood pressure and diabetes), raises your odds of having a stroke. If you’re overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can have a real impact on your stroke risk.

Your goal: What is your ideal body mass index (BMI) ? Work with your doctor to create a personal weight loss strategy.

How to achieve it:

Try to eat no more than 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day (depending on your activity level and your current BMI).
Increase the amount of exercise you do with activities like walking, golfing, or playing tennis, and by making activity part of every single day.

3. Exercise More

Exercise contributes to losing weight and lowering blood pressure.But it also stands on its own as an independent stroke reducer.

Your goal: Exercise at a moderate intensity at least five days a week.

How to achieve it:

Walk around your neighborhood every morning after breakfast. Join a fitness club. Take the stairs instead of an elevator when you can.If you don’t have 30 consecutive minutes to exercise, break it up into 10- to 15-minute sessions a few times each day.

4. If Do drink — Do It In Moderation

Drinking a little alcohol may decrease your risk of stroke. Studies show that if you have about one drink per day, your risk may be lower. “Once you start drinking more than two drinks per day, your risk goes up very sharply.”

Your goal: Don’t drink alcohol or do it in moderation.

How to achieve it:

Have no more than one glass of alcohol a day.
Make red wine your first choice, because it contains resveratrol, which is thought to protect the heart and brain.
Watch your portion sizes. A standard-sized drink is a 5-ounce glass of wine, 12-ounce beer, or 1.5-ounce glass of hard liquor.

5. Treat Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a form of irregular heartbeat. This causes clots to form in the heart. Those clots can then travel to the brain, producing a stroke.

Your goal: Be serious. Get it treated.

How to achieve it:

Consult heart palpitations or shortness of breath, see your doctor for an exam.
You may need to take an anticoagulant drug (blood thinner).

6. Treat Diabetes

Having high blood sugar damages blood vessels over time.This helps in making clots more likely to form inside them.

Your goal: Keep your blood sugar under control.

How to achieve it:

Monitor your blood sugar as directed by your doctor.
Use diet, exercise, and medicines to keep yourself normal.

7. Quit Smoking

Smoking accelerates clot formation in a couple of different ways. It thickens your blood, and it increases the amount of plaque buildup in the arteries. “Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, smoking cessation is one of the most powerful lifestyle changes that will help you reduce your stroke risk significantly.

Your goal: Quit smoking.

Identify a stroke F-A-S-T
Too many people ignore the signs of stroke because they question whether their symptoms are real. “My recommendation is, don’t wait if you have any unusual symptoms,” Dr. Rost advises. Listen to your body and trust your instincts. If something is off, get professional help right away.”

The National Stroke Association has created an easy acronym to help you remember, and act on, the signs of a stroke. Cut out this image and post it on your refrigerator for easy reference.