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"Is stroke prevention possible with exercise and a healthy diet?"
Is this possible, or are strokes something that happen no matter what you do?
Fortunately, we have very good studies that have shown what increases a person's risk for a stroke. While no one is completely protected, there are things that you can do to help prevent a stroke in the future. The two most common problems people have that lead up to a stroke are high blood pressure and smoking. A close third is high bad cholesterol. The smoking issue is simple - just don't smoke. Exercise and healthy diet are two critical steps towards natural control of your blood pressure and improvement in your cholesterol level. Thus, these are two methods that can indirectly help prevent a stroke. Another common cause of stroke is a heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation. While this rhythm is more common in people with existing heart disease or lung disease, it can happen in anyone. It can be notice by detecting an irregular and sometimes fast heart rhythm. People with atrial fibrillation may need to be on blood thinning medication to prevent a stroke from occurring. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. At this visit you can discuss stroke prevention and what measures you can take to help protect you. I'm sure that your doctor will agree that exercise and healthy diet are two great starts to preventing stroke.
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