May is Stroke Awareness Month and the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association has launched new guidelines for stroke prevention.
Here are some things that you can be doing:
- Get your blood pressure checked. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a significant risk factor. You can reduce your risk of stokes due to hypertension with proper treatment.
- Don’t smoke and eliminate your exposure to secondhand smoke.
- If you have diabetes, it is imperative that you maintain tight control of your blood pressure, as well as your cholesterol.
- If you already have hypertension reduce you intake of sodium (salt) to no more than 2.3 grams per day and increase your potassium intake to (4.7 gms per day) – eat a diet high in fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and low in saturated and total fat.
- Lower your total cholesterol to acceptable levels.
- Be physically active (moderate-intensity) for at least 30 minutes a day. That’s one brisk walk for 30 minutes.
The American Stroke Association recently launched Power To End Stroke, an aggressive education and awareness initiative to reach African Americans, who are at greater stroke risk than other ethnic groups.
For more information on stroke or the Power To End Stroke campaign, call 1-888-4STROKE, or visit the American Stroke Association Web site: strokeassociation.org/power.