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Wednesday
Dec042013

How to Prevent a Risk of Stroke in 5 Simple Steps

As you're probably already aware, strokes can affect people of all age groups, especially people over the age of 55 years old. 60% of all strokes are fatal and thus you should do your best to prevent them before they happen.

In the article below we've listed 5 separate ways that you can substantially reduce your risk of having a stroke.

[1] The first on the list, is to stop smoking. According to the latest UK based research, smoking can increase your risk of having a stroke by double the national average for non-smokers. The reason that smoking can cause a stroke, is because it forces your heart to work much harder than it would otherwise have to. Smoking also damages the walls of your blood vessels and arteries, with causes clogging and high blood pressure.

[2] One of the most important things that you can do to reduce your risk of a stroke, is to get your heart fully examined by a cardiologist. Individuals with even a slightly abnormal heart heat, known clinically as atrial fibrillation, can increase your risk of having a stroke by a full 500 percent. Minor surgeries and medications can bring your heart beat into a normal range if you do have an abnormal beat.

[3] Another great way to reduce your stroke risk is to regularly monitor your blood pressure. According to the latest research for the UK, 32% of the nation's inhabitants that have high blood pressure are completely unaware of the condition. Research has proven that high blood pressure is the leading cause of strokes, and thus lowering it to a normal range can reduce your stroke risk by 300 to 600 percent. High blood pressure is known to dramatically weaken the blood vessel and artery walls, especially in the brain.

[4] Another leading cause of strokes is the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. According to many clinical studies conducted in the UK and Ireland, excessive alcohol consumption for as little as 3 years or more can significantly increase the risk of having a stroke. The reason for this risk increase is that alcohol is proven to not only damage the organs, but it also damages the blood vessel walls. It should be noted, however, that moderate alcohol consumption has also been proven to reduce a persons risk for stroke. A moderate amount of alcohol would be several pints or glasses of wine per month, and no more than that.

[5] The last simple method that you can undertake to significantly reduce your risk of a stroke is to closely monitor your blood cholesterol level. As you're probably already aware, high blood cholesterol levels can build up plaque on the blood vessel and artery walls, which can greatly restrict normal blood flow to the brain. This plaque will also significantly raise your blood pressure, which will greatly elevate your risk of having a stroke. By knowing what you cholesterol level is, you can take any needed steps in order to bring it into a healthy range.

Nicholas Stevens often contributes to health blogs such as Follow Health and is looking for more opportunities.

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