Follow your doctor’s recommendations for physical activity. Choose enjoyable exercises that are safe for you. Strive to maintain an
that keeps you fit and at a healthy weight. For most people, this could include walking briskly or participating in another aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes per day. Talk to your doctor before starting a program.
Lose Weight, If You Are Overweight or Obese
Being overweight or
is associated with higher risk of stroke. Losing weight lowers that risk. To lose weight, consume fewer calories than you expend. To
maintain a healthy weight, eat an equal number of calories as you expend.
Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation
Excessive alcohol intake raises your risk of stroke. But, it appears that moderate alcohol intake actually reduces the risk. Studies suggest that one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men can be beneficial to the cardiovascular system. Experts agree that if you do not already drink alcohol, you do not need to start because of this recommendation. If you do drink alcohol, talk with your doctor to determine how much is healthy for you.
Treat High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is one of the top risk factors for stroke. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment for lowering your blood pressure. You may need to make lifestyle changes and take medicine.
If You Have Diabetes, Manage Blood Sugar Levels
If you have
, you are at increased risk of vascular disease. The tighter you control your blood sugar levels, the slower vascular disease (and other complications) will advance. Work with your doctor and a dietitian to develop a diet and exercise plan that will help you control your blood sugar.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a