Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure. Strokes don’t discriminate, according to the American Stroke Association. They can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. About 1 in 4 people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime.
The American Stroke Association offers these tips to help reduce your risk of stroke:
Keep blood pressure in mind and under control. Eat colorful fruits and veggies. Rest up, getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.
Exercise. Getting active activates brain cells, encouraging them to grow and connect more efficiently. Aerobic exercise also gives your arteries a workout and makes your brain more resilient to reductions in blood flow that can cause strokes.
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