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WATCH OUT! HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN LEAD TO STROKE

WATCH OUT! HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN LEAD TO STROKE

Did you know that weakened arteries in the brain, resulting from high blood pressure, increase the risk for stroke?

Stroke can be categorised into two main categories:

  • Ischemic strokes
          occurs when a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain is obstructed.
  • Hemorrhagic strokes

          occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures.

 

Here are #5 easy steps you can do to prevent high blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.

 

#5 EASY STEPS YOU CAN DO

TO PREVENT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND REDUCE THE RISK OF STROKE

 

#1 Get healthier weight

Almost 1 in 5 strokes are linked to being overweight or obese. Maintain a healthy body weight as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 18.5 to 24.9 is necessary to help in reducing risk of stroke and other serious diseases.2

 

#2 Exercise more

Regular exercise reduces the risk of many different health problems. Over a third of all strokes happen to people who don’t get enough exercise. 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise five times per week can help to reduce the risk of stroke.3

 

#3 Improve diet

People who eat a lot of salt, and not enough potassium, are more likely to have high blood pressure. Try not to add extra salt to your food – and avoid processed food that already have a lot of salt added. Limit intake of caffeine and alcohol as well.4

 

#4 Reduce stress

Almost 1 in 6 strokes are linked to mental well-being. Managing stress, depression, anger and anxiety are all important for reduce the risk of stroke.5

 

#5 Get a good night’s sleep

Getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night can improve brain function, both today and in the long-term. Make it happen with a soothing bedtime routine and avoid screen time before bed.6

 

Sources:
  1. Types of stroke. (2019). Retrieved October 29, 2019, from https://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/world-stroke-day-campaign/why-stroke-matters/learn-about-stroke/types-of-stroke
  2. Weight Infographic. (2019). Retrieved October 29, 2019 from https://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/assets/downloads/WSO_DontBetheOne_Infographics_Weight.png
  3. Exercise Infographic. (2019). Retrieved October 29, 2019 from https://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/assets/downloads/WSO_DontBetheOne_Infographics_Exercise.png
  4. 5 Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure. 2018, September 10). Retrieved October 29, 2019, from https://strokeprevention.info/risk-factor-high-blood-pressure/5-easy-ways-to-lower-your-blood-pressure/
  5. Stress and Depression Infographic. (2019). Retrieved October 29, 2019 from https://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/assets/downloads/WSO_DontBetheOne_Infographics_Stress_and_Depression.png
  6. World Stroke day, 5 tips on how to prevent strokes. 2019, October 28). Retrieved October 28, 2019, from https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/world-stroke-day-5-tips-on-how-to-prevent-strokes/

 

    

 

 

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