When a stroke occurs, the brain tissue begins to die, which can lead to long-term disability if the patient survives the stroke. Although emergency care can help stroke patients survive, they face a long road to recovery. Fortunately, many strokes are preventable through healthy lifestyle changes and medical management of risk factors. If you would like to learn about your risk factors of stroke and how to control them, consider talking to a doctor at MountainView Hospital .
Begin an Exercise Routine
For better cardiovascular health, stroke care specialists emphasize the many benefits of regular exercise. Exercising can help improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and improve levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is the good type of cholesterol. Individuals with diagnosed medical conditions can consult a physician before beginning an exercise routine. Although it’s advisable to gradually increase the duration and intensity of workouts, getting a weekly total of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise is preferable for reducing the risk of requiring stroke care.
Choose Plant-Based Foods
Choosing primarily plant-based foods may help reduce the risk of suffering a stroke and requiring emergency care. Vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains are healthy food choices. To reduce the amount of red meat consumed, individuals might consider choosing seafood more often.
Smoking increases the risk of atherosclerosis, which subsequently raises the risk of blood clots. Blood clots can obstruct blood circulation to the brain. Although being a non-smoker for life is preferable, it’s never too late to improve health by quitting. If you’re thinking about smoking cession, a doctor at a community hospital can offer guidance.
Control Chronic Medical Conditions
A doctor can help patients control chronic medical conditions that may increase the risk of stroke. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, carotid artery disease, and atrial fibrillation. Medical management may include medications, lifestyle modifications, and medical procedures.
MountainView Hospital is dedicated to helping our neighbors achieve their health goals through compassionate healthcare, and regular classes and events such as blood pressure screenings, exercise classes, and support groups. If you think you’re experiencing a stroke in the Las Vegas area, call 911 for transportation to an emergency care department. Otherwise, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 255-5000 for general information regarding stroke care and prevention.