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Are You at Risk of Stroke? Consider the Facts

By Sandy Schroeder

Take a look at these facts. At least 50 percent of strokes are preventable, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Almost 800,000 Americans have strokes every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now look at some of the stroke risks to see where you fit. You may not be in the 60 or over category that produces the most strokes, but you may be accumulating risk factors right now, and strokes cause more long term permanent damage than heart attacks.

Are You Doing These 7 Things to Prevent Stroke?

If you are not, you should be.

Do you exercise daily? - Regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy blood pressure to prevent strokes according to Harvard Health. Start walking every day with a workout buddy, around the block, to the park. Break out your bike on the weekend and develop a daily routine of stretches and strengthening exercises.

Are you at 120/80? - Reaching healthy blood pressure readings gets easier when you put down the salt shaker and eat more fruits and vegetables. High blood pressure doubles or triples the risk of stroke. Know what your blood pressure is right now and see your doctor if you need to lower it.

Are you at a healthy weight? - Health suffers in many ways from obesity and the risk of stroke goes up. If you need to lose weight, try a diet of 1,500 to 2,000 calories daily to begin dropping pounds. Pick favorite healthy foods and focus on flavorful herbs and spices instead of fats and sodium.

Do you smoke? - Ask your doctor for the best ways to stop and try patches, counseling or medicine. Whatever you do, find a way to stop smoking to prevent stroke, heart attack, and cancer.

Are you reducing stress? - Researchers say emotional stress is a key risk factor for ischemic stroke. As stress hormones pour into the bloodstream and spike blood pressure, the chance of stroke goes up. If your job is very demanding with very little control, your stroke risk can jump as much as 20 percent. Find a way to let go of stress now with yoga, tai chi, meditation, or deep breathing.

Are you streamlining your life? - Cooking and baking at home, eating sit-down lunches and dinners with family, and exercising indoors and out can create a healthy lifestyle that helps everyone relax and enjoy life.

Whatever your age, be aware of the risks of stroke and where you stand, or need work.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Tex.

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