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Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

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The good news: Making changes that make your arteries healthier will help lower your risk for both heart attack and stroke. If you have heart disease, you may need to work on a few aspects of your lifestyle. But remember that the things that are good for your arteries, heart, and brain are also good for the rest of your body. Your doctor will help you find a plan that works for you. It will likely include:

  • Controlling risk factors (health problems and habits that raise your chances of a heart attack or stroke). Lose excess weight. If you smoke, quit. Lower your blood pressure and manage your cholesterol. If you have diabetes, keep it under control.
  • Eating healthier. Choose healthier fats and limit harmful ones. Replace high-sugar and high-fat foods with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Get the right amounts of the foods you need.
  • Becoming more active. Get out and walk. Build up to 30 minutes or more most days. Try to find other ways to be more physically active in your daily life.
  • Taking medications as prescribed. Take your medications as directed and keep track of them all. Don’t stop any without your doctor’s okay. Give each of your healthcare providers a list of all your medications.

From KRAMES Online article: Stroke and Heart Disease

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