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Title: What You Can Do to Reduce Risk of Stroke and Heart Attacks

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  • Each year in the United States, approximately
    795,000 people have strokes and 790,000 people
    have heart attacks, according to the CDC.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the number one
    underlying cause of death in the U.S.,
    outnumbering all kinds of cancer.
  • Almost anyone can have a stroke or heart attack,
    but there is a greater risk if you are obese,
    diabetic, elderly or a smoker. High-risk
    individuals should know how to prevent a stroke
    or heart attack in advance.

  • If a person is having a stroke, they may have
    numbness or weakness in the face or limbs,
    confusion, difficulty speaking, vision problems,
    poor coordination or severe headache.
  • If a person is having a heart attack, they may
    have jaw or neck pain, a feeling of
    lightheadedness, chest pain, pain that radiates
    into the arm or shoulder or difficulty breathing.
  • If you notice these signs in yourself or someone
    else, call 911 right away. The sooner medical
    professionals can get there, the better the

  • Maintain a healthy weight/BMI, as overweight and
    obese individuals are at higher risk.
  • Get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables,
    prevent high cholesterol with low-fat, high-fiber
    foods, and limit your sodium intake to prevent
    high blood pressure.
  • Strengthen your heart and improve overall
    physical health with regular cardio exercise
    (walking, jogging, dancing, etc.), around 2.5
    hours per week.

  • Smoking is a huge risk factor for both stroke and
    heart attack, as it can narrow and thicken blood
    vessels, increase plaque build-up, increase the
    risk of blood clots and cause a variety of other
  • According to the CDC, smoking is responsible for
    as many as one-third of all cardiovascular
    disease deaths.
  • Find a quitting method that works for you.
    Smoking cessation programs, over-the-counter
    products and peer support groups can be great

  • Stress is a commonly underestimated factor in
    heart attack and stroke risk.
  • Reduce stress by doing things like talking to a
    counselor, scheduling time for your hobbies,
    improving your sleep quality, taking on fewer
    commitments or meditating.
  • For those with anxiety disorders, treatment is
    extremely important. If constant stress and worry
    are negatively impacting your life, undiagnosed
    anxiety could be putting stress on your heart.

  • Work with your doctor to monitor your overall
    health and keep an eye on any health conditions
    or other risk factors you may already have.
  • As you age or develop other risk factors, it's
    especially important to have regular exams and
    any doctor-recommended testing to detect any
    potential problems early on.
  • Taking a proactive approach and knowing you're
    fully informed about your health can be very
    reassuring, potentially reducing stress and
    further lowering your risk.

Crystal Run Healthcare in New York is a
leading-edge medical practice providing
patient-centered care and patient convenience.
Our exceptional primary care providers work with
each patient to manage their health and
coordinate any tests, labs or follow-up care
needed with specialists. To learn more, visit
  • https//www.cdc.gov/stroke/healthy_living.htm
  • https//www.cdc.gov/stroke/index.htm
  • http//www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/Heart-and-St
  • https//www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases
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