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5 Lesser-Known Ways to Protect Yourself From a Stroke

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Although women area bout twice as likely to suffer a stroke midlife than men, it is important that everyone knows how to reduce your own risk of stroke.

Although women area bout twice as likely to suffer a stroke midlife than men, it is important that everyone knows how to reduce your own risk of stroke.

 

Did you know that midlife women are about twice as likely as men to have strokes? Despite men smoking more, drinking more and seeing their doctors less, 55,000 more women will suffer from a stroke than men. While limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, eating a healthier diet and lowering your blood pressure will lower your likelihood of a stroke; LA Medical has five lesser-known ways that you can protect yourself.

Walk 20 minutes a day

We know that it is hard to find the time to exercise in the middle of a busy schedule but it is important to make the time to get active for 20 minutes! Try breaking the 20 minutes up into two 10-minute sessions if you can’t find a large enough window of time. Walking a total of 2 hours each week can cut your risk of stroke by 30%.

Set your alarm for 7 hours of sleep

Scientists at Harvard have found that getting more than 10 hours of sleep each night can increase your risk of stroke by up to 63%, compared with the recommended 7 hours.

Recognize the difference between being sad and depressed

Depression makes you 29% more likely to suffer from a stroke. This is because depressed women tend to smoke more, weigh more and exercise less. When you recognize depression symptoms, you can get proper treatment. Watch for persistent sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, guilt, irritability and exhaustion.

Think FAST

Surveys show that less than 30% of women can name more than two symptoms of a stroke. To recognize symptoms, remember FAST:

Face: uneven smile, droopiness, numbness, disturbed vision

Arms and legs: weakness, numbness, difficulty walking

Speech: slurred speech, inappropriate words, mute

Time: If you notice any of the above symptoms, call 911 immediately. When it comes to strokes,

time lost is brain lost.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and LA Medical wants to get the word out about strokes and the things you can do to prevent them. For more information or the solutions we have for those who have suffered a stroke, please contact us.

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