Follow your doctor’s recommendations for physical activity. Choose exercises you enjoy and will make a regular part of your day. 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.
Being overweight or
is associated with higher risk of stroke, and 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 have determined that one to two drinks a day can be beneficial to your cardiovascular system. Experts agree that if you do not already drink alcohol, you don’t need to start because of this recommendation. If you do drink alcohol, talk with your doctor to determine how much is healthy for you.
Take Aspirin If Recommended by Your Doctor
can help prevent
. It reduces stroke risk by about 25% due to its ability to inhibit blood clotting. Aspirin is not a good choice for you if you have bleeding problems, aspirin allergies,
, or any other specific reasons you should not take aspirin. Before you begin taking aspirin, talk to your doctor about any possible risks.
Manage Blood Sugar If You Have Diabetes
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. Your doctor may recommend that you take new or additional medications to help you maintain tighter control of your blood sugars.
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