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How to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

Updated on February 17, 2010
 

Many strokes can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Strokes are caused by narrowed blood vessels and blood clots that prevent blood getting to the brain leading to cell death. These are caused by fatty plaques forming in the arteries.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle to Prevent Strokes

Don't smoke

Regular exercise - will lower blood pressure

Safe alcohol consumption. Alcohol increases blood pressure and binge drinking increases chance of a blood vessel bursting resulting in stroke.

Healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight.

Not too much salt. Salt increases blood pressure.

Not too much saturated fat. Too much saturated fat results in high cholesterol levels.

Have regular blood pressure tests. To make sure blood pressure is not too high. High blood pressure is a major risk factor in developing a stroke as it damages arteries and there are usually no symptoms.

If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes they can all be treated to lower the risk of stroke.

Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

The following are all proven to lower blood pressure: Garlic, Co-enzyme Q10 and Magnesium.

Lower Risk of Blood Clot Naturally

Omega-3 fatty acids lower risk of blood clot.

Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Eat pulses, beans, porridge oats and plant sterols and stanols (included in some margarines and yoghurts). Taking regular exercise, losing excess weight and reduced intake of fat will all lower blood cholesterol. In some cases Statin drugs are needed to lower cholesterol levels. However this medication depletes levels of CO-ENZYME Q10. Therefore it is a good idea to supplement your diet with this. Calcium as been shown to reduce risk of dying from strokes. A scientific study showed children who had a diet high in diary products were less likely to die from a stroke in adulthood. It is never too late to provide extra calcium into your diet. The recommended about of calcium is 700 mg a day.

Lower Stress Levels and Learn How to Relax

A published Swedish study showed being stressed for a year or longer increased risk of stroke. Being stressed encourages people to indulge in unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, drinking alcohol and being less active.

Tips to Stay Calm

Try yoga, deep breathing or other relaxation exercises. Do whatever works for you. Other ways to relax include drinking camomile herbal tea or using lavender aromatherapy. The herb Valerian can also be used to provide a state of relaxation.

Any one of the following can be a Sign of Stroke

Face fallen on 1 side and unable to smile

Unable to raise both arms and keep them there

Slurred Speech

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