admin - July 17, 2013
While it may not exhibit many early warning signs, stroke is highly preventable. Many of the main risk factors for stroke, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking can all be controlled through the things you do and the foods you eat.
If you want to avoid ever being in the hospital or undergoing surgery for a life-threatening stroke, there are certain things you should dodge at all costs. Don’t provoke a stroke. Shy away from these mistakes to increase your chances of living a stroke-free and healthy life.
You don’t get your heart pumping.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make that can incite a stroke is not exercising. If you never get your heart pumping with healthy cardio or moderate exercise, you’re already increasing your risk of stroke. Your heart and blood vessels need exercise to stay strong. Make an effort to take part in some form of exercise, like brisk walking, at least three times a week.
You don’t know the difference between sad and depressed.
Being temporarily sad and seriously depressed are two very different things, and if you ignore the latter, you may be increasing your risk of stroke. In one study women who were diagnosed with depression had a 29 percent higher chance of having a stroke. This is because depression tends to increase smoking, weight gain, lack of exercise, high blood pressure and diabetes. If you think you may be depressed, don’t ignore it – talk to your doctor.
You don’t get enough sleep.
Are you getting less than seven hours or more than 10 hours of sleep every night? Too little or too much sleep can put you at greater risk for stroke. Shoot for at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. You’ll get the rest your body and mind need without overdoing it.
You ignore strange symptoms.
If your heart feels like it’s fluttering or beating irregularly, don’t ignore it. It could be atrial fibrillation, a serious risk factor for stroke. These irregular heartbeats are sometimes accompanied by shortness of breath, lightheadedness and chest pain, so if you experience these symptoms, talk to your doctor. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with anticlotting medication to help reduce stroke risk.
You get angry often.
Whether your anger levels fall at slightly irritated to aggressively irate, studies have linked anger to a higher risk of stroke. Researchers in one study found that people who scored higher for antagonistic traits in a personality test had greater thickening of the neck arteries (a risk factor for stroke) than people with less antagonistic traits.
You don’t eat enough potassium.
One study found that a diet rich in potassium can reduce stroke risk by 20 percent. This includes foods like sweet potatoes, raisins and bananas. Other good sources include most fruits and vegetables, fish, poultry and dairy products.
Stroke is a serious, sometimes fatal condition. Don’t aggravate it. You have some power to lower your risk of stroke, so take advantage of the opportunity to avoid stroke-provoking mistakes like the ones listed above. In the long run, it can be worth it.
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