There are an estimated six million stroke survivors in America.
What you can do to with your doctors help:
1. Have regular checkups- A doctor can pinpoint major risk factors such as smoking, elevated cholesterol or blood pressure, excess weight and diabetes.
2. Control your cholesterol - A simple blood test can show your blood cholesterol level. If it’s too high, dietary changes, exercise, eight loss and/or drugtherapy can bring it down to a safer level.
3. Keep tabs on your blood pressure – Even if it’s less than 120/80 mm Hg, have it checked at least every two years. If it’s 120/80 or above, have it checked more often, according to your doctor’s recommendations.
4. Keep diabetes in check – Your doctor can detect diabetes or a pre-diabetic condition and prescribe a program to minimize the risk.