Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death. Strokes occur when problems in the blood vessels cut off the flow of oxygen and nutrients that your brain needs to function. The main types of stroke are:
Strokes are more common as you age. However, about 80% of strokes are preventable.
At Advanced Medical Care in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, experienced providers want you to prevent stroke to avoid long-term disability or early death. We’re here to help you keep your brain — and the heart that feeds it — as healthy as possible. Following are tips on stroke prevention that you can adopt today.
Cigarettes don’t just cause lung cancer or other types of cancer. The dehydrating effects of smoke also degrade the quality and strength of your blood vessels.
If you quit smoking, however, you reduce your risk for stroke. If you’re unsure whether kicking the habit really is making a difference, just look at your skin. Smoking makes your skin — as well as your blood vessels — thin and fragile. Quit smoking, and you grow stronger and more resilient, outside and inside.
Alcohol can raise your blood pressure, which also increases your risk for stroke. Men shouldn’t have more than two drinks per day. Women shouldn’t have more than one.
Annual checkups and tests help you and your doctor identify problems that could increase your risk for stroke. Work with your doctors to determine whether you have healthy:
If you’re on medications, be sure you take them as directed.
“Whole foods” are real foods: They don’t come in a box or a can. Revamp your diet to eliminate processed foods, junk foods, sugar, and trans fats. Focus on colorful, flavorful:
Limit your intake of saturated fats, cholesterol, and salt.
A sedentary lifestyle is strongly associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. If you haven’t exercised in a while, start with walking every day and getting up and moving — even just stretching — every 30-60 minutes.
Each week, aim for at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. A brisk walk, jogging, dancing, or playing sports can be both fun and good for your health.
Being overweight or obese raises your risk for a stroke. If you adopt a healthy diet that focuses on whole foods and exercise regularly, you should begin to lose weight naturally.
However, if you’re extremely overweight or if you’ve had trouble keeping the weight off, we can help. Medically supervised weight loss helps you achieve your goals by keeping you accountable and giving you support.
The sooner you get medical care after you have a TIA or full stroke, the more likely you can recover and do so faster. Get to the emergency room or call 911 if you experience sudden:
If you want to prevent stroke or you’ve already suffered one and need treatment or rehabilitation, contact one of our offices by phone or book an appointment online today.