5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke|
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. There are more than 7 million stroke survivors today in the U.S. over the age of 20. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time regardless of race, sex or age.
It is important to know the warning signs of stroke and also to take healthy steps to reduce your risk.
Stroke Warning Signs
When a stroke happens, act FAST – it could save your life or the life of a loved one. Here are four warning signs to look for:
F=Face. Smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A=Arms. Raise the arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S=Speech. Speak a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T=Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately!
Reducing Stroke Risk
1. Eat a healthy diet. Choose plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating foods low in saturated fat and high in fiber can help prevent high blood pressure and cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium in your diet can also lower your blood pressure. Restaurant and processed foods are responsible for 77 percent of a person’s salt intake. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. Maintain a healthy weight. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, an important number to know is your body mass index (BMI). If it is over 25, talk with your healthcare provider about a healthy weight for you.
3. Be active. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
4. Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for stroke. So, if you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk.
5. Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which causes high blood pressure.
Also, 77% of a person’s salt intake comes from restaurant or processed foods. Choosing fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower sodium levels and reduce stroke risks.
Named the first Primary Stroke Center in the Baton Rouge area by The Joint Commission and the American Heart and American Stroke Associations, Our Lady of the Lake has been designated the first of its kind in the Baton Rouge area and demonstrates excellent evidence-based quality care, patient safety and favorable outcomes for heart and stroke patients. The certification helps patients easily identify OLOL as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.
Learn more about how to prevent stroke and why you should choose OLOL for stroke care at www.ololrmc.com/stroke.