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4 Tips For Women To Prevent Strokes

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Strokes are the third leading cause of death in this country. “Knowledge is power,” said Dr. Natalia Rost, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. “If you know that a particular risk factor is sabotaging your health and predisposing you to a higher risk of stroke, you can take steps to alleviate the effects of that risk.”

In the June issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Rost suggested the following ways to reduce stroke risk:

1) Manage your blood pressure

Uncontrolled high blood pressure doubles or even quadruples stroke risk. Monitoring blood pressure and treating high blood pressure is an important way to prevent stroke.

2) Watch your weight

Obesity and the complications linked to it — such as high blood pressure and diabetes — boost the risk of having a stroke. For overweight people, losing as little as 10 pounds can reduce stroke risk.

3) Be active

Exercise helps control weight and blood pressure, and is also an independent reducer of stroke risk. One study found that women who walked three hours a week were less likely to have a stroke than women who didn’t walk.

4) Take baby aspirin

The Women’s Health Initiative study found that women over age 65 who took a daily baby aspirin lowered their stroke risk. Aspirin helps reduce stroke risk by preventing blood clots from forming. But if you’re considering daily aspirin use, talk to your doctor first.

Video: What the Color of Fruits has to do with Stroke Prevention

Research shows the color of your fruits and vegetables can help reduce a stroke, Dr. Holly Phillips explains:

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