Lifestyle Changes You Can Make Now to Prevent Strokes in the Future

Perhaps you have a family history of stroke, or you might not have practiced the best health habits over the years. There’s still good (and empowering) news that you need to know: You can change the course of your future health and take the reins of the many factors that affect your stroke risk.

The talented and committed team at Michigan Neurology Associates serves patients at risk for stroke as well as those recovering from a stroke. Their coordinated care approach includes regular conversations about the powerful steps patients can take to lower their risk of stroke or recurrent stroke.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply is compromised. Once this happens, brain cells begin to die. This is why the phrase “Time is brain” is used to convey the critical importance of getting care as soon as possible.

There are different types of stroke, and each one requires immediate medical assistance:

Will I know if I suffer a stroke?

Things happen fast with stroke, so it’s vital that you know the acronym that summarizes the symptoms of a stroke and what to do: BEFAST.

Familiarize yourself with the warning signs of stroke, and heed them. If you’re at risk for stroke and experience any of these symptoms, do not minimize or ignore how you’re feeling. Seek medical attention immediately.

How can I prevent a stroke?

This is the part about the serious issue of stroke that you can be happy about. You have a say in maintaining a low level of risk by changing certain lifestyle factors. For example, controlling your blood pressure is one of the best things you can do to ward off strokes. Limiting sodium and alcohol helps to lower your BP, as do the following factors that also affect your stroke risk:

You’ve no doubt already been urged by your primary care physician to practice most of these healthy lifestyle habits. Now it’s even more important to make conscious changes if you want to avoid a stroke.

At Michigan Neurology Associates, we don’t want you to experience the devastating health crisis that is stroke. Take the first step toward making your future as free from stroke risk as possible by calling us to schedule a consultation at one of our four convenient office locations, listed on our website.

Here’s to a healthier you, courtesy of a preventive health care toolbox that’s within reach.

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