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How can you prevent a silent stroke?

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Your chances of having a stroke go up if you have high blood pressure or irregular heartbeat.

Lifestyle changes can help lower your chance of stroke and heart disease. Make a plan to adopt these healthy habits:

  • Keep tabs on your blood pressure, and get it under control if it's too high.
  • Check your cholesterol.
  • Keep your blood sugar at the right levels.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Cut back on saturated fats (found in red meat, for example), salt, and sugar.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Keep to a healthy weight.

From: Silent Stroke: What You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Ralph Sacco, MD, chairman of neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; past president, American Heart Association.

American Stroke Association: "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack);" "Life's Simple 7;" "Ischemic Strokes (Clots);'' and ''Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms."

Sacco, R.  . May 7, 2013. Stroke

American Heart Association: "Spot a Stroke."

Stroke Connection: "Healthy People and 'Silent Strokes.' "

Das, R.  . June 26, 2008. Stroke

Prabhakaran, S.  . Sept. 26, 2007. Neurology

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 03, 2017

SOURCES:

Ralph Sacco, MD, chairman of neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; past president, American Heart Association.

American Stroke Association: "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack);" "Life's Simple 7;" "Ischemic Strokes (Clots);'' and ''Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms."

Sacco, R.  . May 7, 2013. Stroke

American Heart Association: "Spot a Stroke."

Stroke Connection: "Healthy People and 'Silent Strokes.' "

Das, R.  . June 26, 2008. Stroke

Prabhakaran, S.  . Sept. 26, 2007. Neurology

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 03, 2017

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