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Risk Factors for Stroke That You Can Control

Last updated 4 years ago

Certain risk factors for stroke are uncontrollable; they include your age, gender, family history, and personal medical history. Fortunately, other risk factors are manageable with healthy lifestyle changes and medical intervention. You can learn about your risk of stroke by working with a doctor at your local hospital. Your doctor can recommend effective treatment plans for medical conditions that may increase your risk of stroke, in addition to advising you on healthy lifestyle modifications.

Physical Inactivity

Being physically inactive increases your risk of stroke because it contributes to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and length of your exercise routine. Try to be physically active on most days of the week.

Poor Diet

Your doctor might recommend working with a nutritionist to develop a stroke prevention diet. Diets high in excess calories can increase the risk of stroke because they contribute to obesity. Likewise, a high-sodium, high-fat, and high-cholesterol diet increases your risk of stroke. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day, eat whole grains instead of refined grains, and choose plant-based sources of protein to limit your fat intake.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the most common cause of stroke. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often caused by a diet high in sodium, physical inactivity, and obesity. You can manage your hypertension by seeing your doctor for regular screenings, taking medications as recommended by your doctor, and implementing healthy lifestyle changes.

High Cholesterol

If you have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, you’re at an increased risk of stroke. Your doctor might recommend medications to manage your cholesterol levels. Exercising regularly and limiting your intake of saturated fat will also help.

If you do suffer a stroke, the specialized Stroke Team at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can provide emergency stroke treatment to reduce your risk of long-term disability. Give us a call at (888) 741-5119 and ask us about the prevention program available at our Stroke Center. Our nationally recognized hospital is conveniently located in Hudson, FL.


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