The possibility of stroke increases as you age, especially if you have a family history or have certain risk factors that apply to your lifestyle. Luckily, there are ways you can reduce the possibility of suffering from a stroke by making certain changes to your wellness and routine. If you are interested in reducing your stroke risk, follow these steps!

Exercise More Frequently

The health benefits of regular exercise are abundant, including strengthening your bones and muscles, reducing stress and helping you regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels. Exercise can also help you reduce the possibility of stroke. Regular, moderate exercise between four and five days per week can contribute to weight loss and help lower your blood pressure. Simple exercises you can perform with a friend include taking brisk walks on lunch or after work or starting an aerobics club. If you’re looking for ways to exercise on your own time, you can take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator and take the long way from your vehicle to the office.

Quit Smoking & Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Chemicals found in cigarettes can affect how blood clots form in your body, causing plaque to build up in your arteries and your blood to thicken, which contributes to heart disease. Giving up smoking can reduce your stroke risk and improve your overall health. Consult with your physician about the most effective way to quit, including over-the-counter patches and medications. It may take a few attempts to quit, and it is important to not be discouraged. While small amounts of alcohol may reduce your stroke risk, drinking over two drinks per day may increase it. Make sure you drink in moderation and watch the amount you are drinking, going by the standard serving sizes of five ounces for wine, twelve ounces for beer and one and a half ounces for hard alcohol.

Reduce Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be one of the highest contributors to your stroke risk if left unmonitored. Undergoing regular checks during physicals and urgent care visits can help you monitor your blood pressure levels and determine the best way to maintain or reduce your level. You can reduce your blood pressure through your diet: avoiding high cholesterol and high salt foods, and eating enough fruits and vegetables.

Are you concerned about your blood pressure? Visit AFC Urgent Care for a blood pressure check and consultation with a physician!