Stroke strikes close to 800,000 people each year in the United States, but up to 80% of strokes are preventable? If preventing a stroke is on your radar, stroke prevention can start today.
At Premier Neurology Group in Beverly Hills, California, our team of neurology professionals, led by Dr. Ravinder Singh, is committed to providing top-tier, specialized care to patients with a full range of neurological conditions and concerns.
With dedication and know-how, you can adopt the right lifestyle and make meaningful changes that protect you and your loved ones against stroke. Read on for our stroke-prevention tips.
High blood pressure is a major stroke risk factor. In fact, it’s considered the single most important controllable stroke risk factor. More than 100 million people have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association, and many are unaware of it.
The most significant impact you can make on your vascular health is monitoring your blood pressure and treating it if it’s elevated. A blood pressure of less than 120/80 is an optimal target.
Medication and lifestyle changes, including reducing salt intake to no more than 1,500 milligrams a day, getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, and eating 4-5 cups of vegetables and fruit daily help to control blood pressure.
Lowering harmful cholesterol called low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and raising a beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is crucial to managing cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol are a significant risk factor for stroke.
Adopting a heart-healthy diet helps manage cholesterol. Saturated fat raises LDL, so it’s vital to cut back on saturated fats and focus on healthy fats and proteins, such as olive oil, avocados, salmon, and nuts.
Carrying excess weight is a leading risk factor for stroke. It also raises the risk of conditions that can lead to stroke, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet can help you manage your weight.
Losing even a modest amount of weight greatly reduces your risk of stroke and other conditions. Making small, consistent changes, like swapping sugary breakfast cereal for oatmeal, mayo for mustard, white rice for brown rice, and sugary drinks for fruit-infused water.
There are many ways to swap out less healthy foods for healthier alternatives without sacrificing flavor. If you’re struggling to lose weight, talk to us about resources like medically supervised weight loss programs.
In addition to these tips, it’s crucial to quit smoking if you smoke, and if you drink, do so in moderation.
Knowing that stroke is preventable with the right lifestyle changes is empowering. If you’re concerned about your stroke risk, or that of a loved one, we can create an individualized stroke prevention program to address your needs.
To learn more about how you can prevent stroke, call 310-382-1056 to schedule a visit or submit a booking request here on our website. At Premier Neurology Group, we’re in your corner in the fight against stroke.