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How to prevent a stroke

How to prevent a stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow cuts off to the brain, mainly due to clots. This type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke. It is the most common type of stroke. There is another type of stroke, hemorrhagic stroke. It is caused due to bleeding in the brain.

Elderly people are more susceptible to having a stroke. Though age is one of the most common reasons for stroke, there are many other risk factors also.

Here are some ways to prevent a stroke:

High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of stroke. If it is not managed properly, it will increase the risk of stroke up to 6 times. High blood pressure or hypertension thickens artery walls and leads to the accumulation of fat deposits in them. It eventually blocks the blood supply to the brain. Limiting the intake of sodium, red meat, canned soups etc., are important to lower blood pressure.

Control your diabetes as high blood sugar increases the risk of stroke up to 4 times. High blood sugar can lead to fatty deposits in the blood vessels, which prevents blood flow to the brain and neck. Limit the intake of carbohydrates and sugars, and consume medicines as prescribed by your doctor to keep diabetes under control.

Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes daily, five days a week. You can break it into two or three sessions for 10 to 15 minutes if you do not continue exercise in a single session for 30 minutes. Moderate exercise helps prevent strokes since it can control high blood pressure and cholesterol. It even controls your weight, one of the leading causes of stroke. Besides regular exercise, control your diet as well and limit your calorie intake to manage your weight.

Healthy eating can lower the risk of a stroke. Hence, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Also, add high-fibre foods and lean protein to your diet. Avoid processed foods and saturated and trans fats.

Smoking and consumption of alcohol are other causes of stroke. So, quit smoking and limit your alcohol consumption.

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