Monday, June 11, 2012

How To Prevent Stroke In Women

Women have a greater risk for stroke than men, but with simple measures, such risks can be reduced. You may have long known that stroke risk can be reduced by stopping smoking, limiting alcohol intake, eating more fruits and vegetables, maintaining body weight, blood pressure and blood sugar.

1. Walking 20 minutes a day
A study involving nearly 40,000 women who exercised for 12 years found that running a total of 2 hours a week can cut the risk of stroke by 30 percent. Even by doing a brisk walk, your risk of stroke is reduced by nearly 40 percent.
2. Recognize the difference between sad and depressed
Recent studies involving nearly 80,000 women suggests that depression may trigger a stroke by 29 percent in women. Because women with depression tend to smoke more, at risk of weight gain and lack of exercise, plus, they are more likely to have uncontrolled medical problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which can also increase the risk of stroke.
3. Sleep for 7 hours
More than 10 hours of sleep can increase the risk of stroke by 63 percent, than those who slept for 7 hours, say scientists at Harvard. The study also showed that individuals who snore during sleep were twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions that increase the risk of stroke, and heart disease and diabetes.
4. Wearing olive oil in cooking
Use olive oil when you are grilling and frying food. In addition to helping reduce the risk of heart attack, new research also shows olive oil may protect against stroke. An observational study involving more than 7600 adults in France aged 65 years and older found that those who regularly use olive oil reduces the chance of stroke by more than 40 percent.
5. Prevent migraine
Unusual headaches or migraines have been linked to known risk of stroke was higher in women. Why? this is because the majority of migraine sufferers are women, partly because of fluctuating hormones and drugs. Experts say, though no clear evidence showing treatment of migraine may reduce the risk of stroke, but it's still advisable to reduce the frequency of migraine occurrence.
6. Beware of palpitations
Palpitations are feelings (sensations) that are not enjoyable due to an irregular heartbeat. Presenting symptoms are usually shortness of breath, and chest pain - which all are signs of atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition in which abnormal heartbeat which increases the risk of stroke approximately five-fold.
7. Eating sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes, raisins, banana and tomato paste contains essential nutrients the body needs even if the content inside is different. But each of these foods are loaded with potassium and nutrient-rich diet may reduce the risk of stroke by 20 percent.
8. Damping anger
A recent study published in the journal Hypertension suggests that angry and aggressive people who may be at higher risk of stroke. Researchers found that participants scored highest on the antagonism associated standard personality tests have a risk of arterial thickening in the neck (a risk factor for stroke) rather than a more pleasant and calm.
9. Knowing the early signs of stroke symptoms
Most women (30 percent) did not know two of the symptoms of stroke. To help detect and recognize the symptoms of researchers discovered the following signs: uneven smile, numbness, visual disturbances, weakness, numbness, difficulty walking, and difficulty speaking.


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