Seven Practical Strategies that Can Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Friday, May 27, 2022

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and it is more prevalent among African Americans than among other races.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing tissues from getting necessary oxygen and nutrients, which kills the brain cells. Although you can’t do anything about some risk factors like age and family history, many associated factors are well within your control. And there’s more good news because health experts say that nearly 80% of strokes can be prevented through lifestyle adjustments.

Here are seven easy, practical ways to reduce your risk of stroke.


1. Monitor and control your blood pressure.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for stroke, doubling or even quadrupling the risk if it is not controlled. Get your blood pressure checked by a medical professional at least once a year and work with them to lower it if your readings are high.

2. Treat cholesterol imbalance.

Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) carries cholesterol, a fatty substance, through the bloodstream and delivers it to cells. Excess LDL can cause cholesterol to build up in blood vessels, leading to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis causes blood vessel narrowing, which leads to heart attack and stroke. If your LDL cholesterol is high, your medical provider can help you create a plan to reduce it. Treatment includes proper diet, exercise, and medication, if necessary.

3. Stay within a healthy weight range.

Being overweight or obese raises your odds of having a stroke. Talk to your doctor or find a body mass index (BMI) calculator online to get an idea of what a healthy weight is for you. If you are overweight, losing as little as ten pounds can have a significant impact on your stroke risk.

4. Get moving.

Exercise contributes to losing weight and lowering blood pressure, two primary stroke risk factors. Aim to exercise at a moderate intensity (e.g. brisk walking) for approximately 30 minutes most days of the week.

5. If you drink, do it in moderation.

Drinking a little alcohol is okay and some data shows moderate alcohol consumption (about one drink per day) may even decrease your risk of stroke. However, once you exceed two drinks per day, the risk rises sharply. If you drink alcohol, use it sparingly.

6. Treat and manage chronic illnesses.

Neglecting chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease can dramatically increase your risk of stroke. High blood sugar, for example, damages blood vessels over time, making clots more likely to form inside them. If you have any chronic conditions, work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan. Eating a balanced diet, exercising, and managing stress, along with taking any prescribed medications, are common elements of treatment plans.

7. Quit smoking.

Smoking accelerates clot formation by thickening the blood and it increases the amount of plaque buildup in the arteries. Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, smoking cessation is one of the most powerful lifestyle changes for reducing stroke risk. If you smoke, ask your doctor for advice on the most appropriate way for you to quit.

Education is key when it comes to stroke prevention. If certain risk factors are sabotaging your health and possibly predisposing you to stroke, take the necessary steps to correct them.

Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services is proud to offer an array of helpful resources, useful tools, and exceptional care. If we can be of assistance in any way, please contact us.

About Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services: As a leading African American-owned and operated funeral and cremation organization, Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services has provided a ministry of care to thousands of grieving families. We promise to provide our highest level of distinguished service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. With two convenient locations serving North and West Philadelphia, it is always our pleasure to be of service. For more information about our funeral, cremation, memorial, and repast services, please visit batchelorbrothers.com.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Cremation: Seven Useful Facts Everyone Needs to Know

Understanding cremation begins with separating the facts from the misconceptions. Cremation has become increasingly popular in recent years as individuals seek alternative end-of-life options. Des...

Traditional Funeral Flowers Not For You? Here Are Six Clever, Eco-Conscious Options

As we become increasingly aware of environmental concerns, the impact of traditional funeral flowers on our planet has come under scrutiny. Amid grief and loss, funeral flower arrangements have lo...

Winter Heart Attacks Are More Common Than You Think. Here’s How to Reduce Your Risk

Amid the serene beauty of frosty settings, winter heart attacks are a chilling reality for many people. Winter is a picturesque time of year with its snow-covered landscapes and crackling fireplac...

How Heartfelt Condolence Messages Can Ease the Pain of Grief

Condolence messages are often a source of great comfort to those who are grappling with loss. This simple gesture lets you express your sympathies and lets the bereaved know they are in your thoug...

Five Inspiring Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day 2024

In the United States, Martin Luther King Day is observed annually on the third Monday in January. The day commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister and pr...

The Causes of Pneumonia: Five Surprising Facts Everyone Should Know

The lesser-known causes of pneumonia involve some unexpected factors that go beyond the usual suspects. Did you know that, together with the flu, pneumonia is a top cause of death in the United St...

Funeral and Estate Planning is a Smart New Year’s Resolution. Find Out Why.

This New Year, go beyond the surface-level resolutions and delve into the power of funeral and estate planning. The journey through advanced funeral and estate planning may not be fun, but it is a...

Personalized Holiday Memorials: Eight Heartfelt Ways to Honor Your Loved Ones

The magic of personalized holiday memorials lies in their ability to transform grief into a celebration of enduring love. The holiday season often calls to mind cherished memories of loved ones wh...

Cold and Flu Season is Here! Get the Information You Need to Stay Healthy.

When the weather turns frigid and the days grow short, it’s a sure sign that cold and flu season is on the way. Winter is around the corner, signaling the battle cry against seasonal illnesses. It...

Funeral Food Has the Power to Combine Comfort and Culture

Funeral food weaves together comfort and culture, providing nourishment for the soul during times of mourning. Around the world, diverse cultural and religious traditions often share a meal to hon...