The third leading killer of Americans and cause for serious long term disability is Stroke, and though the reasons for strokes are not fully understood in many cases, they can be prevented.
Stroke is caused when the blood flow to the brain is impeded by blocked artery or broken blood vessel.
- Lower salt intake. This is not just what you add to the food you cook, it is also in all the processed, prepackaged food on super market shelves and restaurant food.
- Stop smoking. It damages blood vessels and leads to stroke.
- Cut down on alcohol. Heavy drinking raises stroke risk, even though a single drink a day and two for men has been shown to decrease risk in some studies conducted.
- Take a brisk walk. Walking is good and fast walking even better as a stroke prevention tactic. So physical activity is a very effective stroke prevention tactic.
- Make sure you are healthy. Find out if you have any health conditions that will increase stroke risk. High blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, diabetes, circulation problems, obesity, atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) as well as sleep apnea are seen to increase stroke risk.