Can You Prevent Strokes?

There are a lot of factors that you can’t control when it comes to strokes. That's why it’s important to lead a healthy life, get plenty of exercise, and consume a balanced diet to minimize your risks.

Most people who lead a full and healthy life assume that no accident will happen to them in the future. At the very least, they don’t recognize the odds that something could happen to them.

In most cases, the positive is more likely than the negative, and this is largely true when it comes to strokes. But what is a stroke?

Strokes

In simplest terms, a stroke is a loss of blood circulation to the brain.

The risks increase according to how long the brain is deprived of oxygen due to the lack of blood flow.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a stroke is one of the most common cardiovascular disorders in the world, even more so than heart disease.

They also claim that it’s one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

The people who are most affected by a stroke are between 40 and 60 years old. They can also manifest as heart attacks or blood clots.

 


See also: Signs you have poor circulation

Types of stroke

A stroke can be further divided into two types:

  • Ischemic stroke. These are caused by arterial blockages. According to the American Heart Association, they account for 87% of all strokes.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke. This type is caused by a burst blood vessel, whether it occurs in the brain or elsewhere.

Causes of a stroke

No person is immune from the risk of a stroke in their lifetime. People in the age range mentioned above are more likely to suffer from them, however.

There are also a number of factors that can be decisive in determining your risk of a stroke:

  • Lack of physical activity: not getting the minimum or basic amount of exercise has a significant influence.
  • Excessive weight gain or obesity: the heavier you are, the greater your chances of suffering from a stroke.
  • Gender: generally speaking, men are more at risk of having a stroke than women, although they too can suffer.
  • Pregnancy: during and a few weeks after a pregnancy, the chances of suffering from a stroke increase.
  • Genetics: if your parents have had a stroke, you are more likely to, as well.
  • Certain diseases: atrial fibrillation, diabetes, stress, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
  • Problems related to the circulatory system: artificial valves, transplants, or weak arteries.
  • Smoking

Is it possible to prevent a stroke?

To minimize your likelihood of suffering from this problem, you can take a number of recommendations into account.

Avoid tobacco use

It’s critically important to avoid the immense damage that tobacco products can do to the body, especially when it comes to your circulatory system and the possibility of having a stroke.

A key recommendation is to quit all tobacco use. If it’s hard for you to do now, at least try to reduce it gradually.

Get exercise

Equally important is getting a minimum amount of physical activity to lead a life that’s filled with healthy habits.

Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day will lessen your chances of suffering from this problem.

Maintain or reduce your body weight

This advice depends on the person, because not everyone should weigh the same.

If you’re obese or overweight, however, you must try to reduce it slowly. If you’re within the normal weight range that’s considered to be healthy, try to stay there.

Avoid drug use

Both legal and illegal drugs can pose huge risks to your body.

If you require certain medications, make sure that they have been prescribed by a specialist.

A healthy diet

Having a healthy and balanced diet is essential for good health.

To reduce your risk of suffering from a stroke, try to add the following to your daily diet:

  • Fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Protein
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Vegetables

Also avoid processed, packaged foods and those with high levels of harmful fats.