|image credit: Google Images|
- Stop using tobacco products and avoid areas where others are smoking.
- Stay active for 30 minutes a day, even with low-impact exercise like housework, walking around the neighborhood or gardening.
- Spend time planning meals to make sure you consume at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
- Shy away from sugar and manage diabetes closely, if you've been diagnosed, as people with diabetes are four times more likely to have a stroke.
- Strictly monitor alcohol use, as studies show that over two drinks a day may lead to increasing the risk of stroke much as 50 percent.
- Snack on whole-grain crackers and fresh fruit instead of foods with high amounts of salt, fat or sugar.
- Schedule a yearly doctor's appointment to check blood pressure, blood sugar, blood fats and weight.
- Speak to your doctor if you've been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) -- an irregular heartbeat -- to see about taking medications to reduce stroke risk.
- Antiplatelet agents, like aspirin
- Medication that lowers blood fats
- Medicine to control blood pressure, like calcium-channel blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors
- Medications to control blood sugar, for people who have diabetes
- Blood thinners like warfarin and Pradaxa
Risks Associated with Pradaxa