Taking care of your health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and habits will lower your risk of a stroke and possibly keep the condition at bay.
There are risk factors that you can control. These include:
The most important known risk factor for stroke.
Uncontrolled hypertension increases the risk of stroke by four times.
Uncontrolled diabetes over a long period of time can cause damage to your blood vessels and nerves. The risk of stroke is 1.5 times more in diabetic patients.
If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you are six times more likely to have a stroke compared to a non-smoker.
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As a result of irregular heartbeat, the heart does not pump and empty the blood smoothly or completely. This increases the risk of clots forming in the heart and travelling to the brain.
AF increases the risk of stroke by five times.
Being inactive, having an unhealthy diet, obesity and excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and further strokes.
How to Reduce Risk of Stroke:
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This article was last reviewed on
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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