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Protecting your health against stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term disability in the United States. Nearly 795,000 Americans suffer from stroke each year, and 130,000 of those people lose their lives to the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Heart Association. But there is good news. The rate of strokes has been dropping steadily over the past 15 years, and leading a healthy lifestyle significantly reduces your risk of having a stroke. 

In honor of National Stroke Awareness month, and in efforts to promote better health for life, here are a few steps you can take to help protect your health against stroke:

-       Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol.

-       Quit smoking.

-       Get active!

-       Limit your intake of foods high in trans fat and saturated fat.

-       Stock up on fruits and vegetables.

-       Eat foods rich in fiber.

-       Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.

It is always best to consult your doctor regarding your overall health. If you don’t have a primary care physician, call 1-800-DOCTORS or visit www.1800Doctors.com for a free physician referral. 

 

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