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Can I prevent ischemia?

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You can help lower your chances of ischemia by making healthy lifestyle choices. These include:

It’s also helpful to see your doctor for regular checkups. He can check for issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This might help you catch problems early, before you even have symptoms.

  • Eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Exercising often
  • Lowering your stress (try deep breathing, meditation, or yoga)
  • Quitting smoking
  • Staying on top of your other health problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol

From: What Is Ischemia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “How Lungs Work.”

KidsHealth: “Heart and Circulatory System.”

Vascular Disease Foundation: “Focus on Ischemia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Myocardial Ischemia,” “Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD),” “Intestinal Ischemia,” “Stroke,” “Stress Management.”

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: “Ischemic Strokes (Clots).”

American Heart Association: “Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease,” “Understanding Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack.”

Texas Heart Institute: “Silent Ischemia.”

UC Davis Vascular Center: “Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI).”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Peripheral Artery Disease.”

American Stroke Association, Stroke Connection: “Healthy People and ‘Silent Strokes.’”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Cerebral Ischemia.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 4, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “How Lungs Work.”

KidsHealth: “Heart and Circulatory System.”

Vascular Disease Foundation: “Focus on Ischemia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Myocardial Ischemia,” “Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD),” “Intestinal Ischemia,” “Stroke,” “Stress Management.”

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: “Ischemic Strokes (Clots).”

American Heart Association: “Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease,” “Understanding Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack.”

Texas Heart Institute: “Silent Ischemia.”

UC Davis Vascular Center: “Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI).”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Peripheral Artery Disease.”

American Stroke Association, Stroke Connection: “Healthy People and ‘Silent Strokes.’”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Cerebral Ischemia.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 4, 2019

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