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Stroke Risk Factors

Awareness and a healthy lifestyle can decrease your chances of having a stroke

Stroke risk factors are factors that increase the likelihood of occurrence of stroke. You can think of Strokes as a “heart attack of the brain.” In both conditions, the blood supply, the lifeline, is cut off and tissue dies.

Stroke risk factors are usually lifestyle related or hereditary. Some of these factors include body weight, eating habits, diabetes, alcohol intake, tobacco use, high cholesterol and blood pressure.

These stroke risk factors contribute to the reduction of blood flow to the brain. This lack of oxygen in the blood reduces the livelihood of brain cells. In these cases the disabling or damage to the brain caused by stroke can be lethal.

Stroke Risk Factors
Stroke Risk Factors

High blood pressure is the most common of stroke risk factors. The control of hypertension (high blood pressure) combined with a balanced lifestyle can greatly reduce your risk for stroke.

Cholesterol is a large player as one of the important stroke risk factors. The reduction of fats in your bloodstream will aid in the reduction of risk for stroke. The narrowing of arteries caused by the buildup of plaque may cause your blood flow to become blocked or slowed down, increasing the chances of stroke.

The control of blood sugars for someone with diabetes is of the utmost importance. Based on poor regulation of blood sugar levels, the increasingly likelihood of diabetes becoming one of the primary stroke risk factors for an individual is evident.

Body weight is a key component of stroke risk factors. With the increasingly overweight Canadian population, the increased likelihood of stroke as well as high blood pressure and cholesterol are imminent. A healthy and active lifestyle with a health inspired diet can combat weight gain. Many opportunities to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle are all around communities. Taking part in physical activity is key in living a balanced lifestyle and decreasing the risk of stroke.

Excessive alcohol consumption is also one of the key stroke risk factors. Drinking alcohol in moderation and consuming less than 2 alcohol beverages a day is a healthy balance, whereas increased alcohol consumption can make an individual more susceptible to high blood pressure, therefore increasing the risk of stroke.

Tobacco use is an element that factors into the development of heart disease, because it increases blood pressure and the doubles the likelihood of stroke. This is a prime example of one of the many stroke risk factors.

By being aware of the lifestyle modifications that can decrease the likelihood of a stroke, it becomes clear that many of the stroke risk factors that aren't hereditary can be avoided.


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