Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

Give yourself the best chance at a healthy future with these lifestyle changes!

As you age, your likelihood of experiencing a stroke rises dramatically, especially if your family history includes stroke patients. While there is nothing you can do about your age or genetics, you can make several lifestyle changes that will help keep your brain and cardiovascular system healthy. Consider which of these areas need a little work:

Your BMI

You don't need to be stick thin, but if your body mass index (BMI) has crept out of its healthy range, your risk of stroke will increase. Talk to your doctor about a healthy weight for you and the best way to achieve it.

Your Activity Level

Whether you're underweight, overweight, or just right, a sedentary lifestyle is not healthy – especially for those who are at risk for stroke. Find an activity you enjoy that gets you moving. It can be as simple as a daily walk, or as adventurous as rock climbing, kayaking, or participating in a triathlon.

Your Diet

A diet high in cholesterol or sodium can negatively impact your cardiovascular health. This could result in blood clots or dangerous blocks in your arteries, leading to a stroke.

Your Bad Habits

If you drink heavily or smoke even a little, you aren't doing your body any favors. Put these vices out of your life once and for all.

If you suffer a stroke, you'll need quick medical attention from an expert staff of physicians and nurses. The Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is always your best bet. Learn more at our website. If you have any questions or need a physician referral, call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.

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