1. Top 3 ways to reduce stroke risk? Reduce high blood pressure (BP), reduce high BP again and again.
2. Check, and reduce stroke risk and heart disease in next 10 years, or of one you love.
3. prevent a stroke: 7 ways.
2. Check and reduce stroke risk and heart disease in next 10 years
The UK NHS also lets you enter your blood pressure reading online, to find out what it means.
3. Prevent a stroke: 7 steps
Step 1. If you smoke, stop now, using a free NHS local stop smoking service. Stop smoking options: Public Health England guidance, August 2018. Almost as important a cause of strokes as high blood pressure. Smoking one cigarette per day carries a risk of heart disease and stroke much greater than expected: around half that for people who smoke 20 per day. No safe level of smoking exists for heart and stroke diseases. So quit instead of cutting down . Within four to five years of quitting smoking, stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker [WHO].
Step 2. Improve your lifestyle, with a healthier diet, less alcohol, more exercise, (so lose weight!), cut down on caffeine, reduce the salt you eat, and, get a good night’s sleep. “Lifestyle management is the main reason for high blood pressure, and we have to get to grips with it.” [Nov. 2017, 35]
Step 5. See your GP if:
- You notice a sudden change in your heartbeat, and if your heart beat rate is often lower than 60 or above 100 beats per minute.
- Always seek medical help if you have a fast heartbeat” (over 100 beats a minute), says the NHS about Atrial Fibrillation (AF). Check your pulse! Or ask your Pharmacy to do it.
- Or if you’re experiencing other symptoms of ‘AF’, such as dizziness or shortness of breath see NHS guide.
- You have chest pain, NHS guide.
Step 6. Go to hospital very quickly after a suspected stroke. The NHS tells you about tests in hospital to confirm the diagnosis, find the cause, and brain scans to find which part of the brain is affected . Everyone with suspected stroke should receive a brain scan within one hour.
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