Stroke Prevention


Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States (U.S.). A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.  As a result, parts of the brain are damaged or die.  Certain lifestyle choices put individuals at risk for stroke.  The most critical risk factors are --

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette smoking
Preventing or reducing the burden of stroke is important and may reduce the mortality rate in our communities.  Changing our everyday lifestyle is the first step in improving health.  A few steps to reduce your risk for stroke –
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Prevent or treat high cholesterol
  • Prevent or treat high blood pressure
  • Prevent or treat diabetes

Your doctor should be consulted to help you lower your risk for stroke. When illness or disability interrupts an active lifestyle, the recovery can become taxing and difficult for the patient and the family.  It is comforting to know that there are community resources available to assist you or your loved one to return to the best possible health.   For more information please call (713) 664-6100. We want to help provide you with stability during life’s changes.

 

Reference

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Stroke. Retrieved from                                                               http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/faqs.htm


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