1) Get your blood pressure checked. (High blood pressure is the #1 cause of strokes.)
2) Control your blood pressure if it’s too high (manage stress, no tobacco, etc.)
3) Have regular medical checkups.
4) Maintain a healthy weight.
5) Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoking.
6) Take your medicines appropriately.
7) Talk with your doctor and come up with a plan (aspirin isn’t for everybody, but it can help.)
8) Eat Healthier:
– Avoid foods high in trans fat, saturated fat, sodium and added sugars.
– Bake, broil, roast, and boil your foods – don’t fry them.
– Read nutrition labels.
– Limit alcoholic drinks to 1 per day for females and 2 per day for males.
– Eat fruits, veggies, whole-grains, dried peas/beans, pasta, fish, poultry, & lean meats.
9) Stay active:
– Check with your doctor if you have a chronic medical condition before beginning.
– Start slowly and build up to 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week (brisk walking).
– Or perform 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.
– Or do a combination of the two to improve cardiovascular health.
– Take small opportunities like using the stairs instead of the elevator or like parking farther away at the store.