How Much Do You Know About Silent Strokes? Eight Ways to Reduce Your Risk

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Sunday, June 23, 2024

Arm yourself with knowledge and take action to decrease the risk of silent strokes.

Is it possible to have a stroke and not be aware of it? The short answer is yes. Silent strokes are stealthy, lurking beneath the surface without any obvious warning signs. They occur without noticeable symptoms but carry significant risks. There are a number of summertime habits and rituals that can increase the risk of stroke. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve your health and safeguard your well-being.

Here are eight simple yet effective strategies to reduce your risk of silent strokes.

1.     Consider Your Diet

Most of us spend more time at barbecues and other outdoor events during the summer. This often includes increased alcohol consumption and sodium intake from foods like hot dogs and potato chips. Alcohol consumption can make it difficult to recognize stroke symptoms since they mirror those associated with intoxication. Alcohol and increased sodium intake, along with the summer heat, can lead to dehydration, which further increases risk of stroke. Pay attention to your alcohol and sodium intake, and make an effort to enjoy them in moderation.

2.     Manage Hypertension

High blood pressure is a leading cause of silent strokes. Keep your blood pressure in check by adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle. This includes maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, engaging in regular exercise, managing stress, and limiting sodium intake.

3.     Control Diabetes

Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of silent strokes due to elevated blood sugar levels. Keep your diabetes under control through proper medication, monitoring blood sugar levels regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and following a diabetic-friendly diet.

4.     Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity and excess weight increase the risk of various health complications, including silent strokes. Aim to maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular physical activity. Incorporate a mix of cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and flexibility exercises into your routine.

5.     Stop Smoking

Smoking significantly raises the risk of stroke, including silent strokes. Quitting smoking is one of the most impactful steps you can take to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of stroke. Seek support from friends, family, or healthcare professionals to aid in your smoking cessation efforts.

6.     Monitor Cholesterol Levels

High levels of LDL cholesterol (often referred to as "bad" cholesterol) can contribute to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, increasing the risk of stroke. Have your cholesterol levels checked regularly and work with your healthcare provider to manage them through lifestyle changes or medication if necessary.

7.     Stay Active

Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining overall health and reducing the risk of stroke. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week, along with muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days per week.

8.     Make Sleep a Priority

Quality sleep is crucial for overall brain health and function. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night, and prioritize good sleep hygiene practices such as maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, creating a restful sleep environment, and avoiding caffeine and electronics before bedtime.

By incorporating these simple yet impactful strategies into your lifestyle, you can take proactive steps to reduce your risk of silent strokes and promote long-term brain health. Remember that small changes can yield significant results when it comes to safeguarding your well-being.

Education is key when it comes to stroke prevention. Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services is proud to offer an array of helpful resources and valuable information. 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, repast, and grief counseling services, please visit batchelorbrothers.com.

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