Stoke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer. And it's also a major cause of disability from speech, movement and memory loss of control.
So even more important than knowing stroke symptoms, men and women at risk (which is every adult) should begin immediately to follow the 10 basic guidelines below for stroke prevention.
The Warning Signs of a Stroke
What is a stoke? And what are the early warning signs of a stroke? Strokes are basically brain attacks that can kill your brain cells. A stroke injures the brain like a heart attack injures the heart. You can assess stoke symptoms by asking a person to do the following three things.
- Smile for you,
- Raise both arms and
- Speak a simple sentence.
Even when stroke symptoms only last a few minutes, you should get immediate help. Time is of the essence in the case of a stroke. Call 911 or rush the person to your local emergency room if they experience any of the following 5 warning signs of stroke:
- Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking and understanding;
- Sudden numbness or weakness in face, arm or leg (usually on one side);
- Sudden blurred vision or trouble seeing with one or both eyes;
- Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination;
- Sudden severe or unusual headache with no known cause.
- Sudden pain in face, chest, arm or leg;
- Fainting, seizure or an accidental fall;
- Sudden feelings of tiredness or nausea;
- Sudden pounding or racing heartbeat;
- Sudden hiccups or shortness of breath.
The Seven Steps of Stroke Prevention
It's estimated that 80% of all strokes can be prevented. Those are terrific odds. So it only makes good sense to structure your life for stroke prevention by following these 10 guidelines:
- Eat a healthy diet. Following a heart healthy diet can greatly reduce your risk of stroke.
- Reduce your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, do what it takes to naturally lower blood pressure to a normal healthy range.
- Prevent diabetes. Since diabetes and high blood sugar raise your chances of having a stroke, use the glycemic index guidelines to help you manage blood sugar levels.
- Don't smoke. And, if you do, quit as soon as possible.
- Manage your triglycerides. Elevated triglycerides raise your risk of stroke. Have yours checked and if they're high, follow a diet to lower triglycerides naturally.
- Keep your cholesterol low. High cholesterol can increase your odds of having a stroke. If yours is higher than normal, it's important to lower cholesterol naturally.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight also raises your risk. But it's important to lose in a healthy manor. Follow the guidelines for the best way to lose weight.
- Limit alcohol. Have no more than one drink a day.
- Lower your stress. Use stress management tips to find healthy ways to decrease stress.
- Exercise daily. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise helps you prevent diabetes and reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, stress and weight. Wow!
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