Strokes are a life-threatening, medical emergency, that’s caused by the blood supply to the brain being cut off, according to the NHS.
If the blood supply to the brain is stopped, brain cells begin to die.
This can lead to brain injury, disability, and even death, it warned.
Stroke symptoms include the face dropping on one side, slurred speech, and a weakness sin the arms.
But, you could lower your risk of having a stroke by making these seven lifestyle changes.
Obesity is a risk factor for strokes, according to Harvard Medical School.
If you’re overweight, you could significantly cut your chances of a stroke by losing as little as 10 pounds, it said.
“Try to eat no more than 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day [depending on your activity level and your current BMI],” it added.
High blood pressure could up to quadruple your risk of having a stroke.
It’s the biggest contributor to strokes in both men and women.
Aim for a blood pressure of less than 135/85.
You can lower your blood pressure by cutting back on salt in your diet, or by exercising for at least 30 minutes everyday.
Drinking large amounts of alcohol increases your chances of a stroke.
But, it may be beneficial to about one drink every day.
Red wine is the best choice of alcoholic drinks, as it contains compounds that protect the heart and brain, Harvard Medical School said.
“Exercise contributes to losing weight and lowering blood pressure, but it also stands on its own as an independent stroke reducer,” the medical school said.
“Exercise at a moderate intensity at least five days a week.”
You can break up your exercise routines into 10 to 15 minute intervals if you have a busy lifestyle.
Alternatively, simply taking the stairs instead of the lift will help to lower your risk of strokes.
If you have an irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation, you should get it treated.
The condition causes blood clots to form in the heart, which can travel to the brain. This could lead to a stroke.
Look out for symptoms of atrial fibrillation, including heart palpitations or shortness of breath.
High blood sugar can damage blood vessels over a long period of time.
Blood clots are more likely to form inside damaged blood vessels.
“Monitor your blood sugar as directed by your doctor.
“Use diet, exercise, and medicines to keep your blood sugar within the recommended range.”
Smoking can thicken your blood, and increase the amount of plaque that builds up in your arteries.
Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to lower your risk of a stroke, Harvard Medical School said.
“Ask your doctor for advice on the most appropriate way for you to quit,” it added.
“Use quit-smoking aids, such as nicotine pills or patches, counselling, or medicine.
“Don’t give up. Most smokers need several tries to quit. See each attempt as bringing you one step closer to successfully beating the habit.”
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