When blood supply to a portion of brain is blocked a cerebrovascular accident or stroke occurs.
Stroke ranks third after heart attacks and cancer as a cause of death. 80% of strokes are preventable and key risk factors can be modified through either lifestyle changes or drugs.
Here are top 5 tips for preventing stroke:
1. Quit Smoking: Smokers have twice the risk of stroke that non-smokers have. when they quit their risk drops 50% in 2 years. Within 5 years of quitting their risk is similar like non smokers.
2. Keep blood pressure under control: Treating hypertension with medication can lead to a 40% reduction in fatal and non fatal strokes.
3. Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet which reduces your risk of fatty buildup in blood vessels.
4. Avoid Obesity, which burdens the heart as well as the blood vessels.
5. Exercise: Moderate amounts of exercise improves circulation and may help dissolve deposits in the blood vessels that can lead to stroke.