Accredited Care is focusing on helping you reduce your stroke risk. February is National Stroke Awareness Month and we want you to be aware of the changes you can make to make a difference.
Stroke Risk Factors
- High Cholesterol
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- High Blood Pressure
- Family History & Genetics
- Heart Disease/Disorders
- Previous Stroke or TIA
- Being Overweight
- Poor Diet
- Drinking too much Alcohol (Women should drink no more than 1 alcoholic drink per day; men no more than 2 per day)
The National Stroke Association offers this Risk Calculator to help you determine if you have an increased stroke risk.
5 Ways to Reduce Your Stroke Risk
- The Right Exercise – Aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your stroke risk. Regular intervals of resistance training helps reduce your blood pressure and regulate cholesterol levels. Combine your activities to include both aerobic exercise and resistance training to get the full benefits.
- Drink Water – Believe it or not water is a natural blood thinner. A study by Loma Linda University found that those who drank 5 or more 8 oz. glasses of water a throughout the day reduced their risk of having a stroke by 53%. Thinning the blood naturally helps reduce the risk of the clotting.
- Learn How to Reduce Your Anxiety – According to a study by Ernest Friedman, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, those who are more anxious & stressed are 3x more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke that is fatal. Anxiety produces excessive amounts of dopamine; which regulates the circulation of blood in your brain. These quick stress reduction techniques can help reduce your stroke risk.
- Supplements – High levels of homocysteine can increase your risk of a stroke; however some supplements can help you decrease your levels of this natural substance and may lessen your risk of a stroke. If you have high levels of homocysteine studies recommend taking 1,000 mcg folate, 1,000mg of B12, 25 mg of B6, and 1,800 mg of the amino acid NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) to bring your homocysteine levels to normal levels.
- Get Your Flu Shot – You’re probably scratching your head with this tip but research studies in France showed that those who had received their flu shots 5 years in a row reduced their risk of a stroke by 42%. The health connection includes less chronic illnesses, resulting in less inflammation; which results in less damage to the arteries over the years.
Let us help you learn how to age well. You can make a difference in how you age by making the changes needed to reduce your stroke risk.
 Loma Linda University Research Study, “Water, Other Fluids, and Fatal Coronary Heart Disease,” Jackie Chan Dr.P.H and Synnove Knutsen, M.D., Ph.D..; Reprinted Article in April 2002, “Scope” Spring 2002 Issue
 Dr. Seth J. Baum, medical director of the Mind/Body Medical Institute, a Harvard affiliate
 “Association Between Influenza Vaccination and Reduced Risk of Brain Infarction,”
Philippa Lavallée, Véronique Perchaud, Marion Gautier-Bertrand, David Grabli and Pierre Amarenco Stroke. 2002;33:513-518, originally published February 1, 2002 https://doi.org/10.1161/hs0202.102328
The information provided in this article are not meant to replace professional medical attention. Never take supplements, exercise, or make lifestyle changes without consulting your physician first.
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