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What Can Help Prevent a Stroke?

What can help prevent a stroke

A stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to the brain. Most often, this is due to blood clots or plaques forming, which become an obstacle to normal blood circulation. The most important ways you should follow to prevent a stroke:

  • No smoking and limiting alcohol;
  • Eat healthy food and drinks;
  • Lower your blood pressure;
  • Do exercise training regularly;
  • Control your heart rate;
  • Watch your cholesterol;
  • Pay attention if you are snoring.

From year to year, scientists study serious diseases associated with the cardiovascular system and the brain. Experts have concluded that patients can use some ways to prevent a stroke if they take care of their health. They also identified specific recommendations that must be followed to avoid the development of strokes. However, alas, many people pursuing absolute health at the beginning try to follow all the recommendations. Still, they stop working for their body’s good at the slightest difficulty. In this article, we will take a closer look at the advice of experts to prevent serious diseases such as stroke.

 

7 Steps on how to Prevent a Stroke in Every Age

The main risk factors for stroke are genetic predisposition and advanced age. However, other reasons for a stroke include alcohol abuse, smoking, an unhealthy diet, and lack of physical activity.

Experts say that about 80% of strokes can be prevented if you focus on your habits and change your lifestyle in time.

Let’s find out in detail how to avoid a stroke.

 

No Smoking And Limit Alcohol

Smoking causes the formation of blood clots, provoking plaques’ appearance. Smoking cessation is an essential part of how to prevent stroke.

For advice on quitting smoking, visit a specialist. He may prescribe nicotine pills, patches, or drugs to help you quit smoking. Patients don’t always succeed in quitting smoking in one go, so don’t give up if you don’t follow up immediately. Ultimately, you will be able to overcome your addiction to smoking and stop the approach of a stroke.

No smoking and limit alcohol

Control your alcohol intake

Experts say it is unnecessary to completely give up drinking alcohol, especially since a glass of white and red wine even helps reduce the risk of cognitive deterioration and dementia. However, you still need to rethink your drinking and begin to control it.

How to reduce the risk of stroke by controlling alcohol use:

  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.
  • If you want to drink wine, use a glass of wine no larger than 5 ounces and a glass of spirits no larger than 1.5 ounces.
  • Give preference to red wine.

 

Eat Healthy Food And Drinks

Another significant factor determining stroke risk is your diet. Proper nutrition will help you improve your health, including reducing the risk of stroke.

eat healthy food and drinks

Recommendations regarding appropriate nutrition include the following items:

  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily, greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and greens. 
  • Choose lean proteins that are high in fiber.
  • Avoid trans and saturated fats. It can lead to clogging of your arteries;
  • Reduce your salt intake to a minimum;
  • Remove processed foods from your diet. They have too much salt in their composition, which can lead to hypertension.

 

Lower Your Blood Pressure

If the patient suffers from hypertension, this increases the likelihood of a stroke several times. Controlling blood pressure and lowering it as needed is the most significant contribution patients can make to stroke prevention. Experts say that ideally, the pressure should be at the level of 120/80. However, the norm for blood pressure values ​​is individual. For some patients, the standard may be 140/90. To understand what pressure is normal for you, you should visit a specialist and undergo an examination. Reduce the risk of stroke due to pressure reduction.

Lower your blood pressure

To get rid of hypertension, you should:

  • Reduce your salt intake to 1,500 milligrams per day (about half a teaspoon).
  • Avoid foods high in cholesterol, such as fast food, cheese products, ice cream etc.
  • Eat a daily serving of whole grains and low-fat dairy products, about 4-5 cups of fruits and vegetables, and eat one serving of fish every few days.
  • Engage in physical activity for at least half an hour daily.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Take blood pressure medications prescribed by your doctor.

 

Do Exercise Training Regularly

Do exercise trainig regularly

Physical activity helps patients lose weight, get rid of hypertension, and prevent stroke.

How to stop a stroke due to physical activities:

  • You should train at least five days a week to prevent cardiovascular diseases. 
  • You can go to the gym, take long walks, and run as a workout.
  • If you have physical exercise as stroke prevention, get to the point when you have shortness of breath without having trouble talking. Also, try to take the stairs in alternation with using the elevator. 
  • If you can’t find half an hour to devote to the exercises, try breaking up your workouts into several sets of 10-15 minutes twice a day.

 

Control Your Heart Rate

Control your heart rate

Strokes are often triggered by atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat. This condition occurs due to the thickening of the blood. AF in the heart creates a pool of blood in your heart that can clot. Atrial fibrillation occurs due to hypertension, plaque buildup, heart failure, and other causes.

If you are diagnosed with AF, see a specialist who will prescribe the necessary drugs and procedures or advise you to resort to surgery.

 

Watch The Cholesterol

Watch the cholesterol

Too much cholesterol can lead to clogged arteries, heart attack, and even stroke. Therefore, every person, especially a patient at risk, must control their cholesterol level. Prompt control of cholesterol can help patients with the risk of strokes be prevented from this dangerous condition. Indicators and their meanings:

  • Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dl of blood;
  • LDL (bad) cholesterol: less than 100 mg/dl;
  • HDL (good) cholesterol: above 60 mg/dl.

Diet and exercise are essential to maintain normal cholesterol levels. If your cholesterol is not normal, see a specialist who can recommend medication.

 

Pay Attention If You Are Snoring

Pay attention if you are snoring

 

If you suffer from sleep snoring, ask your loved one to describe it. If your snoring is loud and chronic, it may indicate sleep apnea. This disorder is characterized in that it causes you to stop breathing hundreds of times a night.

Sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke because you don’t get enough oxygen, raising your blood pressure.

 

Bottom Line 

A stroke is a dangerous condition that can lead to severe consequences. However, any patient can work on stroke prevention. To do this, you should have a healthy lifestyle, eliminate bad habits and follow the doctor’s recommendations. If you are at risk and want to consult a doctor, visit our clinic’s website. Call us at (214) 619-1910, and make an appointment.

We treat various neurological disorders such as:

 

It is not a complete list we can help with; our neurologists deal with many diseases.

Go to our website to read more about our clinic. Check out the blog with many helpful articles about different diseases, their diagnosis, and treatment.

 

FAQs 

  • Can drinking water help prevent a stroke?

Yes, drinking enough water reduces the risk of stroke. According to Loma Linda University, drinking at least five glasses of water a day can reduce the risk of stroke by 53%.

  • At what age can you start taking care of how to prevent the risk of stroke?

Research suggests that the risk of having a stroke doubles every decade a person reaches the age of 55-85. However, this does not mean that there is no chance that a stroke can happen earlier. Starting to take care of your health to prevent a stroke is necessary from a young age, as sometimes a stroke occurs even in infants in the perinatal period.

  • How does a stroke happen?

A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks blood and oxygen circulation to the brain. These blood clots form in areas where the arteries have been narrowed or blocked by plaque-fatty deposits.

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Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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