10 Ways You Can Avoid a Stroke

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MICHAEL SMITH:Some strokes are deadly or disabling, but here's the thing. You can do a lot to lower your chances of getting one. Maybe you've heard how important it is to lower high blood pressure. Well, that's true, but don't stop there. Get enough exercise. Work up to 30 minutes of heart-pumping activity at least five days a week.

Eat healthy too. Cut back on red meat, and enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you're overweight, aim to lose 10 pounds to start. And if you smoke, set a goal to quit.

What else can you do? Control your cholesterol levels and take charge of your stress. If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation. And if you have atrial fibrillation or diabetes, follow your treatment plan to keep it in check. For WebMD, I'm Dr. Michael Smith.