Health Tips: 5 Things You Can Do To Prevent Stroke

A stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death. However stroke prevention can start today regardless of age or family history.
Age makes us susceptible to having stroke, you can reverse the years or change your family history, but there are many other stroke risk factors that you can control provided you are aware of them.
Here are 5 ways of preventing stroke before it has a chance to strike you:
1 Lower Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is a huge factor, doubling or even quadrupling your stroke risk if it is not controlled. High blood pressure is the biggest contributor to the risk . of stroke in both men and women. Your ideal blood pressure 135/85 or 140/90

2 Lose Weight: Obesity as well as the complications linked to it, raises one odds of having stroke. An ideal body mass index (BMI) should 25 or less.

3 Exercise More: Exercise contributes to losing weight and lowering blood pressure, but it also stands on its own as an independent stroke reducer. Exercise at least 5 times a week.

4 Quit Smoking: Smoking stoppage is one of the most powerful lifestyle changes that will help reduce stroke risk. Smoking makes the blood thick and it increases the amount of plaque buildup in the artery.

5 Alcoholic Drink: Drinking little alcohol may decrease your risk of stroke. Even if you must drink , take 1 or 2 bottles per day, anything above that increases ones chance of having stroke.

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