The month of May is “Stroke Awareness” month. Do you know your A, B, C, D, E’s of Preventing a Stroke? Here are some health tips from our Health Education Center:
• Get screened for Atrial Fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder which increases your risk of Stroke.
• Aim to limit Alcohol: Drinking excessively can raise Blood Pressure. For women limit alcohol to one drink per day. Men two drinks per day.
• Keep your blood thin. Anti-coagulation therapy per your Physician recommendation.
• Avoid Diabetes- it raises your risk of stroke. If you are diabetic know your A1C. A1C is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar control for the past 2 to 3 months. Your vascular health will improve!
• Apnea increases your risk of Stroke.
• Blood Pressure control. High blood pressure is dangerous, and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Know your numbers and see your doctor.
• Cigarettes – Quit smoking. This will decrease your risk of stroke.
• Cholesterol- This fatty substance can clog your arteries, triggering a stroke. Aim for total cholesterol less than 200mg/dL.
• Follow a healthy Diet. What’s good for your heart is good for your brain, so eat plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Meet with a dietician for a smart nutrition plan.
• Defeat Diabetes.
• Avoid Drugs such as amphetamines and cocaine. They will increase your risk of stroke.
• Exercise – get active. You need 150 minutes of moderate activity per week to keep your body and brain healthy. Follow your doctor’s orders for any life style changes. Get regular medical check-ups.