Stroke Heart Disease Off Your List

Top 5 ways to prevent a stroke

Tip #5

Stop using hormones. Hormones are known to change the way that your blood clots and alter levels of cholesterol and body fats. Therefore they have to potential to block the arteries that lead to the brain increasing the chances of having a stroke.

Tip #4

Avoid stress and depression.Stress is associated with high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Stress can also make people partake in unhealthy coping behaviors such as drinking, smoking or excessively eating. As well repeated spikes in your blood pressure can damage blood vessels, as the body's natural response to stress is by increasing blood flow therefore making the blood vessels expand.

Tip #3

Exercise/ control your weight. Excess weight strains your circulatory system, increasing the chances of blood clotting. If you control your diet you can reduce risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. You should be exercising vigorously at least three times a week. Activities that you can do are swimming, biking, running or playing a high intensity sport such as basketball.

Tip #2

Stop smoking. When a person smokes it increases their risk of hypertension as it speeds up the process of clogging arteries. Smoking damages your circulatory system and makes your heart work harder and faster then it normally would.

Tip #1

Eat a healthy diet. High levels of saturated fat and cholesterol blocks your arteries and causes blood to clot. Foods to eat to reduce your risk of having a stroke are foods such as beans, antioxidants (fruits and vegetables), milk, oats, almonds soy and foods high in potassium.

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Gr. 11 Biology, Ms. Schewczyk