In honor of Action on Stroke month this May, we at Manchester Pharmacy would like to make sure you know the top tips at preventing a stroke. In the UK, someone suffers from a stroke every five minutes. Although stroke typically affects adults, it can happen to anyone. Here are six things you can do to help lower your chances.
1. Maintain a healthy diet.
Eating a healthy diet is an important first step to preventing stroke. Obesity and diabetes raise your odds of having a stroke significantly.
2. Exercise regularly.
Increasing physical activity such as walking or yoga can help you lose weight, but is also a great stroke reducer on its own
3. If you do drink, do so in moderation.
Some studies show that drinking a little alcohol may help decrease your risk of smoke—red wine contains resveratrol, which is thought to protect the body against damage such as cancer and heart disease—but the risk goes up dramatically once you have two or more drinks.
4. Don’t smoke.
Quitting smoking is one of the most significant ways to reduce your risk of stroke, as it narrows your arteries and makes your blood more likely to clot. It will also help to improve your general health and reduce the risk of many other serious conditions
5. Lower your blood pressure or cholesterol.
Conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol are a huge factor in your risk of stroke. Monitoring it and treating it effectively can make a huge difference. This can be done by reducing salt in your diet, exercising, quitting smoking, and taking blood pressure medicines, if necessary
6. Don’t ignore the signs.
If you have any unusual symptoms, seek help. The NHS suggests the acronyms “Act F.A.S.T.” which stands for Face-Arms-Speech-Time.
- Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
- Speech – is their speech slurred?
- Time – Time to call 999 if any of these signs of stroke are seen.
The quicker you act, the better chance you have at recovery. For more information on causes and treatment, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke.