A stroke can happen to anyone at anytime, that is one of the reasons it is such an awful event. Strokes can effect young and old, male and female. This is why they are one of the most intimidating things that can happen to an individual. But, there are ways to prevent a stroke by changing your every day habits. Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented by changing your daily habits. Please take the following advice on how to prevent a stroke and increase your health.

Control Stress Levels: Stress is a major factor in triggering strokes. If you feel anxiety coming on, take a five-minute break, go for a walk or drink some water. All of these things reduce stress in the body significantly. What i try to do when i am stressed out is think to myself, “will this really matter to me in a years time” if the answer is no, than i do not worry about it. And most of the time, it’s not a huge deal and i can relax about it.

Monitor Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is a major risk factor for strokes. So try your best to keep it down, and if it’s raised consult your doctor.

Quit smoking: Smoking is another major risk factor for strokes. Smoking doubles the risk for a stroke,plus, smoking is about the worse thing you can do for your body. With all the research out there on the negative aspects of smoking, there really is no reason to smoke. Even if you are a non-smoker still be watchful for second-hand smoke.

Watch Alcohol Intake: Like smoking, increased consumption of alcohol is a risk factor for strokes. Try to monitor your drinking and drink a little less when out on friday and saturday nights.

Watch for Afib: If you have an irregular heartbeat your chances for a stroke increases up to 500%, please consult your doctor.

Keep Yourself Healthy: keeping yourself healthy will have many positive impacts on your life. Regular exercise decreases blood pressure and cholesterol. Excess body weight puts pressure on the circulatory system increasing your chances for a stroke. Drink plenty of water since it helps thin blood leading to less likely clots. Lastly, make sure to get between 7-10 hours of sleep a night.

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