SENIOR HEALTH: NEW INFO ON PREVENTING FIRST-TIME STROKE

Aug 26th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Prevent First-Time Stroke

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have a new report that offers a list of things we senior citizens can do to try to prevent strokesThese tips works for seniors of any age.

  • Keep blood pressure under 140/90.
  • Eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
  • Cut the sodium; increase potassium.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation — no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  • Quit smoking if you currently light up.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a normal body weight.

Three Different Kinds of  Strokes

There are three kinds of strokes the medical community identifies:  ischemic (blood clot blocks flow to brain), hemorrhagic (break and leakage in blood vessel), transient ischemic attack (TIA–stroke symptoms short-lived, but often happen just before an ischemic stroke).  The good news is that the above tips could help to reduce all three kinds of strokes.

Risk of strokes increases as we age.  One of the reasons our primary care physician takes our blood pressure every time we’re in the office is to monitor the numbers so they can be kept at a manageable level (less than 140/90).  Be sure to talk with your physician about your blood pressure and any other suggestions s/he may have for preventing a first-time stroke.

More information is available in Hypertension and Stroke, published online on August 16, 2011.



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