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Reducing Your Risk of Stroke

December 28, 2017

Did you know that stroke is the nation’s fourth leading cause of death? Stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), happens when blood vessels that supply the brain become ruptured or blocked.  When blood is blocked from carrying vital nutrients and oxygen to the brain, the cells cease function and die.


A new study suggests that 7 key health factors for checking your heart health might also predict your risk of stroke.  Even small improvements to your lifestyle might help prevent stroke, the study suggests.


These 7 health factors include smoking, cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, diet, and physical activity.


This study suggests that stroke risk might be reduced by improvement in even 1 of these 7 factors by doing the following: don’t smoke, control cholesterol, keep blood glucose in check, manage blood pressure, have a healthy weight, eat healthy foods, and get active.


Of course, any course of action taken on these 7 factors should be in consultation with your physician to ensure safe measures are taken in their improvement.  It is important to talk to your doctor about your risk of stroke and how you can reduce your risk.


You should also know the symptoms of stroke. These symptoms include:


  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech

  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause


If you have a loved one that has suffered from a stroke, Sunshine Home Care might also be able to provide the in home care that is needed. For more information, contact us or call us today at 877-477-2014.

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