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Be Stroke Aware- Stroke Prevention Part 2

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A stroke is a brain attack that can occur to anyone at any age for a variety of reasons. Although stroke risk increases with age, in 2009, 34 percent of people hospitalized for stroke were under the age of 65

Visiting the doctor regularly, keeping blood pressure low and quitting smoking are three easy ways to reduce your chance of a stroke. Visiting the doctor regularly, keeping blood pressure low and quitting smoking are three easy ways to reduce your chance of a stroke.

Broadway Medical wants you to be aware of the risk factors for stroke and take action to avoid this debilitating condition.

We have already stated that a stroke can happen to anyone, even children, but there are certain risk factors can increase chances of a stroke in adults. Studies show that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

Some of the most common and controllable ways to lower your stroke risk include knowing your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels, especially if you have a personal or family history of higher than normal readings. Another way is to stop smoking or don’t start smoking. Smoking is linked to so many health issues! Controlling your alcohol use is also important. Experts recommend a drink or two a day, especially red wine, but moderation is the key. Like smoking, excess alcohol consumption is linked to many health issues.

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, managing your disease is very important to preventing a stroke. The same tips for managing your day-to-day diabetes apply to stroke prevention too. Exercise and diet are important as is treating circulation problems cause by your diabetes. Smoking is even more dangerous if you have diabetes because of the circulation problems it can cause.  It’s important to talk to your doctor to learn more about any of these risks.

Broadway Medical has equipment and supplies to help monitor health and assist people who may be recovering from a stroke. See our online catalog or visit our showroom for diagnostic equipment, walkers and wheelchairs and other product to keep you safe and healthy.