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 Simple lifestyle to cut your risk of this serious Condition,it may save your life.

1.Drink in moderation

Too much alcohol raises pressure and greatly will increases your chance of a stroke, that cuts blood offer supply to the brain and strikes 1 lakh people per annum persist with official guidelines of no more than 14 units a week, with a minimum of 2 days alcohol-free. ‘Binge drinking is especially dangerous as it can cause B.P to rise terribly quickly.

2.Treat diabetes

Diabetes almost doubles your risk because too much sugar in your blood can damage blood vessels and nerves, but you may not know you have it. Symptoms include needing to wee more often and feeling thirsty and tired, so see your GP for a blood test if you’re worried or notice these symptoms. Treatment (insulin for type 1, and drugs, insulin and/or lifestyle changes for type 2) can reduce your risk.

3.Be aware on HRT(Hormone replacement therapy)

HRT  will slightly increase your risk of stroke. Research shows that for every 1,000 women taking HRT, an extra six will have a stroke and an extra eight will develop a blood clot. Your doctor should discuss these risks with you, so that you can decide if HRT is right for you.

4.Check your blood pressure(BP)

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a factor in up to half of all strokes, making it the biggest single controllable risk. ‘Blood pressure tends to rise as we get older and often there are no symptoms. So it’s important to be tested regularly and take steps to keep it at a healthy level.’ You can get checked at many pharmacies or by your GP.

5.Stop smoking

Smoking increases your risk of stroke and means if you do have one, you’re twice as likely to die. Smoking damages your raises B.P, arteries and makes your blood more additional to clot. For free support to give up, contact your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.

6. Take your medication

If you have a medical condition that increases your risk of stroke, make sure you take the medication that you’re prescribed (such as statins for high cholesterol). If you’re worried about side effects or other longterm risks, talk to your doctor or specialist. Don’t stop taking any medication without discussing it first.

7. Check your pulse

As we get older, our arteries get narrower and harder, increasing the risk of blockages. Routine GP checks can help spot conditions that increase stroke risk, such an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation, or AF). ‘AF is common, but many people don’t know they have it. It also increases stroke risk fivefold, so get your pulse checked regularly.

8.Keep active

Regular exercise can cut your stroke risk by around 27% by lowering your blood pressure and helping you maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that even small amounts help, but aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five times a week. It doesn’t have to be organized activity – just a spot of gardening or walking the dog makes a difference.

9.Watch your weight

Being overweight increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, increasing your stroke risk by 22%. Being obese raises your risk by 64%. Where you carry the weight matters, too – if it’s around your waist, you’re more likely to have health problems.

10.Eat healthily

Certain foods can help cut your stroke risk. Fibre, for example, can help reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood, so eat plenty of wholegrain cereals, brown rice and grains, and get your five-a-day of fruit and veg. Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, etc) contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower your blood pressure and prevent clots. Aim for two portions a week.

11.Cut down cholesterol

‘Too much cholesterol can cause deposits on artery walls and restrict blood flow or raise the risk of a blood clot. You can help lower your cholesterol by exercising, not smoking and reducing saturated fat in your diet by having less processed meats, cakes, biscuits and full-fat cheese. Steam, grill or boil food instead of frying.

12.Reduce salt

Too much salt can raise your blood pressure. ‘Much of the salt we eat is hidden in processed foods, such as ready meals,’ Don’t add salt to food –cuse herbs and spices to flavour meals instead.

 

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