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:
●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.
●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
●smoke, especially if you get migraine headaches with aura
●eat high-salt foods
●drink too much alcohol
— Lena Sun