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Stroke Awareness

Stroke Awareness

As we bring stroke awareness month to a close, we focus on how we can lower our risk of stroke. Many of us may already be familiar with these strategies, but it is always good to remind ourselves. So, How can you and I reduce our risk of having a stroke?

There are several lifestyle changes and medical interventions that can help reduce your risk of stroke:

1. Do you know your blood pressure? High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke, so it is important to monitor your blood pressure regularly and work with your healthcare provider to manage it.

2. Quit smoking and use of any tobacco products: Smoking or chewing tobacco is a major risk factor for stroke, so quitting smoking is an important step in reducing your risk.

3. Maintain a healthy diet: A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help reduce your risk of stroke.

4. Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, and improve overall cardiovascular health. Check with your doctor if you need advice about physical activities that may work best for your condition.

5. When did you last have your blood sugar checked? If you have diabetes, it is important to manage your blood sugar levels to reduce your risk of stroke.

6. Treat atrial fibrillation (AFib): AFib is a type of an irregular heartbeat that can increase the risk of stroke, so it is important to work with your healthcare provider to manage this condition. Check out this website to learn more about AFib.

7. Take medications as prescribed: Certain medications, such as anticoagulants and antiplatelets, can help prevent stroke in people at high risk. Never stop taking your medications, even if you may feel better or normal, without your doctor’s advice!

8. Don’t forget to know your cholesterol numbers! High levels of cholesterol can contribute to plaque buildup in the arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke. Managing cholesterol levels through diet, exercise, and medication can help reduce this risk.

9. Avoid excessive alcohol intake. Even a moderate amount of alcohol can increase your risk of a stroke. For a quick info byte, check out this Twitter thread from WHO Uganda.

It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about your risk of stroke and the best ways to reduce it based on your individual health history and risk factors.

Click on the link and take the quiz. Know what your risk for stroke risk is and plan for a healthier future!

Or scan the QR code.Stroke prevention is all about knowing your health status and doing all the things to stay healthy!