5 Ways To A Healthier You In 2022 – Stroke Prevention!

While our title, “5 Ways To A Healthier You In 2022 – Stroke Prevention!” is focused on this year, we must make note that In December 2021, the beloved American icon, Betty White passed away of a stroke at 99 years old. We feel the time to increase awareness of strokes and ways to prevent them is now! In recent years, younger adults are also experiencing strokes. Because up to 80% of strokes are preventable, you can practice the actions below to help reduce your risk.

  1. Nourish your body with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish, legumes, and nuts. Limit salt, sweets, and red meat.
  2. Increase physical activity. Engage in moderately-intense aerobic activity for 10 minutes 4 times per week, or vigorous aerobic activity for 20 minutes twice per week. Find a partner to exercise with you – you and your partner will both benefit.
  3. Begin a smoking cessation program if you smoke, and limit alcohol consumption. Tobacco and alcohol use significantly increases the risk of stroke.
  4. Take prescribed medications as directed to manage health conditions that may contribute to stroke risks, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
  5. Keep an open line of communication with your healthcare provider, and collaborate on managing health by asking questions, exploring options, and sharing decision-making about other conditions that may increase stroke risks, such as sleep apnea or birth control use.

An occupational therapist can help you develop skills to better manage your health and to implement lifestyle changes. If you would like guidance and support to incorporate these actions into your daily routine, take a look at our services or give us a call at (314) 286-1669 #1.

American Stroke Association (stroke.org)

In 2020, know your ABCs!

Paying attention to your ABCs can decrease the risk of stroke and will promote positive health changes.

A – A1C is a blood test used to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes. Diabetes is a well-established risk factor for stroke. Learning about your diabetes risk will help you better understand your stroke risk. “A” can also stand for “aspirin” when appropriate and recommended by your physician to decrease stroke risk.

B – Blood pressure control through weight loss, exercise, a healthy diet low in sodium, and by limiting alcohol, caffeine and stress can decrease stroke risk. Also, blood pressure medication prescribed by your physician should be taken as recommended. High blood pressure may have no obvious symptoms, so it is important to measure your blood pressure regularly.

C – Cholesterol can be lowered by changing your diet to reduce saturated fats and eliminate trans fats that raise LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). Instead, eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Exercise and weight loss lowers cholesterol as well as blood pressure.

S – Smoking a single cigarette increases your blood pressure for many minutes. Quitting smoking helps decrease blood pressure, improves HDL cholesterol levels (the “good” cholesterol) and improves blood circulation.

For more information about stroke signs and prevention, see https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts_stroke.htm

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