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Keyword Exclusive – 10 Ways To Reduce Stroke Risk

Supplement to Your Health “Are you at risk for stroke?”

As part of their Ask Your Doctor campaign, the National Stroke Association (NSA) has issued a list of guidelines you can follow to reduce stroke risk.

1. Know your blood pressure. If it is high, ask your doctor how to lower it. High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of stroke.

2. Find out from your doctor if you have atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).

3. If you smoke, stop.

4. If you drink alcohol, use moderation.

5. Find out if you have high cholesterol. If so, work with your doctor to control it.

6. If you are diabetic, follow your doctor’s recommendations carefully to control your diabetes.

7. Include exercise in the activities you enjoy in your daily routine. Even a brisk walk is good.

8. Reduce sodium (salt) and fat in your diet.

9. Ask your doctor if you have circulation problems.

10. Talk to your doctor about your stroke risk and prevention strategies.

To read the Kentucky Living March 2004 column that goes along with this supplement, click here: Your Health — Are you at risk for stroke?

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