The Health Advocate

by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

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A stroke can be a life-altering event that you may never recover from. Do your best to prevent a stroke before it happens so that you don't lower your quality of life while you're still relatively young. Here are five diet and lifestyle tips to help you prevent stroke.

Treat Heart Conditions

If you get a blood clot in your heart due to an irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation), it can end up travelling to your brain and causing a stroke. If you notice that your heart doesn't seem to have a normal rhythm, you should see a cardiologist right away to learn what you can do about it.

Lose Weight

A stroke happens when the blood isn't able to flow through the body normally. This can happen when a person has a high body fat percentage. The fat deposits can break loose and go to the brain or obstruct blood flow. Plus, the fat causes the heart to work harder. Take stress off of the heart by losing weight. Eat healthy food with a lot of nutrients and make a point to exercise multiple times a week.

Get Regular Checkups

Some people who feel healthy skip their annual checkup with a general practitioner. However, you may be at risk even if you feel healthy. Go for a checkup absolutely every year. Tell your doctor the truth about your lifestyle. If they recommend for you to see a locum tenens stroke doctor in your area, you can go early before the problem gets worse.

Quit Smoking

There are numerous reasons not to smoke. It smells bad, it gives you bad skin, it ruins your teeth and your mouth, and it can damage your lungs and heart. To add to the list, it can also increase the likelihood of you having a stroke. Quit smoking cold turkey or switch to vaping to help you wean off the nicotine.

Educate Yourself

Some people aren't aware of the signs of a stroke or what can cause one. When you know better, you do better. Educate yourself by asking questions when you go to the doctor and read articles from reputable sources.

You have a lot of life to life yet, and you want to make the most of it. While some of these tips may not be the most fun in nature, they allow you the greatest freedom to live your life to the fullest without fear. Use these tips to reduce your chance of a stroke and improve your overall health and safety.

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