Most strokes are preventable by managing existing medical conditions and improving lifestyle habits. Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your risk of stroke. Smoking can double your risk of stroke because it increases your blood pressure, accelerates arterial plaque accumulation, and damages blood vessels. It’s also a good idea to avoid or limit alcohol consumption. In addition, you can reduce your risk of stroke by exercising most days of the week, and by eating a diet high in fiber and low in fat, salt, and cholesterol.
Talk to your doctor about ways you can effectively manage your medical conditions. For example, poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk of stroke. Your doctor can help you get your blood sugar levels under control. By keeping your cholesterol levels in check and maintaining normal blood pressure, you can also reduce your risk of stroke.
South Bay Hospital offers exceptional stroke care to residents of the Sun City Center area. For more information about stroke care, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595 or explore the health topics on our website.