click below to see the main causes of each disease and ways to avoid them

 

 

Stroke

 

Our brains are our computers. If we stop the flow of blood to our brain, it will become damaged and will affect the use of the area affected.

 

What causes strokes ?

This is similar to the plumbing problem we spoke of in our heart disease section.  All arteries to the brain must be clean and free, so anything related to restricting the blood flow will increase your likelihood of having a stroke.

 

  • High Blood Pressure - 140/90 or higher. Always have your BP checked !

  • Smoking- Nicotine and carbon monoxide in your blood reduces the level of oxygen

  • High Cholesterol – 240mg/dl and above

  • Diabetes – Too much blood sugar 126mg/dL

  • Carotid or other artery disease – Blocked arteries caused by bad diet

  • Arterial fibrillation - when the upper chambers of the heart quiver instead of pumping

  • Sickle Cell Disease – genetic disorder of the red blood cells

  • Physically inactive – causes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease

  • Obesity – Causes strain on the heart causing blood flow to the brain to reduce.

How to we avoid strokes ?

We use our intelligence !   The answer is quite obvious.

  • Become active – perform some aerobic activity 3 times/week 20-30 minutes

  • Eat healthy – Fresh fruit & vegetables, low fat protein like fish & white meats, reduce salt intake, eat high fiber foods, no trans or saturated fats.

  • Stop smoking – Get help. Stopping is critical to your survival

  • Stop eating junk food.- Reduce intake of process white foods, fried foods and fatty foods.  The days of fast food and donuts are out !

There is research suggesting that we should take 1 aspirin each day which will keep our blood thin and will help us avoid heart attacks and strokes. Remember… Aspirin is a natural substance. Do not use substitutes.

 

 

 

 

 
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