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Stroke/Brain Attack

Stroke Prevention Factors

Find out what kind of stroke symptoms to look for.

There are several factors you can control with regards to stroke prevention. Some of these controllable factors include obesity, diet, smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Smoking increases heart disease risk, and is more likely to cause a stroke than a heart attack. Smoking promotes the development of fatty deposits that will narrow arteries over time. Not only that, but the nicotine in the tobacco causes blood vessels inside the brain to compress. So, for the purposes of stroke prevention, you should never take up smoking, and if you already have, you should consider quitting at once.

Stroke prevention factors information
Stroke prevention factors information

For stroke prevention, it is not good to have high blood pressure. Should your blood pressure exceed 120/80, it is recommended that you take steps to lower it to a healthier reading. Although losing weight and exercising may be enough, your doctor may also prescribe medication.

Diabetes can lead to a stroke as well. Another way of stroke prevention is working along with your doctor so you can create a treatment plan that will keep your hemoglobin A1C (blood sugar over time) level normal (less than 7.0 mmol/L).

Physical activity is another form of stroke prevention. Exercising reduces your risk of heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, and may offer stroke prevention as well. It is a good idea to work along with your doctor to create an exercise program based on your history of smoking, heart disease, etc.

There are a number of forms of stroke prevention. It is a good idea to see your doctor if you have any health concerns.


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