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Knowing the Warning Signs of a Stroke
Could be the Best Prevention
Heart and blood vessel problems develop
when arteries that feed blood to the heart and brain
slowly become clogged with a buildup of cells, fat and
cholesterol. When the blood cannot get through, you
could have a heart attack or stroke.
Heart disease may be prevented by:
Quitting smoking will dramatically
reduce your risk of having a stroke. Although it is
difficult, there are measures to help cope with the
stress of not smoking. You can write down the reasons
why you quit and look at the list often. You may also
want to go places where there is no smoking allowed. For
more information, contact the American Heart Association
for tips on how to quit smoking.
A healthy diet and regular exercise program help reduce
chances of an attack also. As caregivers, knowing the
warning signs and encouraging a healthy lifestyle is the
best armor in the battle to save our care recipients—and
ourselves--from having a major stroke.