Do’s and don’ts for stroke prevention in women

Stroke kills more women than men

New guidelines were issued Thursday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to help prevent strokes in women. Women have more strokes than men, and stroke kills more women than men. Some do’s and don’ts for stroke prevention:

Do

●get your blood pressure checked before taking birth-control pills.

●talk to your doctor about taking blood pressure medication if you’re pregnant and have moderately high blood pressure.

●exercise regularly

●if you’re over 75, get screened for atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heart rhythm.

●eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, olive oil and foods low in saturated fats

Don’t

●smoke, especially if you get migraine headaches with aura

●eat high-salt foods

●drink too much alcohol

— Lena Sun

(American Heart Association/American Stroke Association)

 
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