New Jersey vein expert Heart disease may still be the #1 cause of death in America, but stroke is not far behind, at #3. Every year, 800,000 Americans have strokes, of which 75% are first attacks, while 25% are recurrent attacks. In addition, many people have “mini-strokes” which cause no permanent damage, but which increase their likelihood of having a full stroke later by a factor of ten.  So how can this New Jersey vein expert help you?

If you are interested in reducing your own risk of stroke, unfortunately the two most important risk factors are things you can’t do much about – your age, and your heredity. Most strokes happen to people over the age of 50, and to people with a family history of strokes. But there are other risk factors for stroke that are under your control, and by paying attention to a few simple things you can substantially reduce your stroke risk.

  1. Do whatever you can to lower your blood pressure

Having high blood pressure – especially if you also have other significant risk factors – can double or even quadruple your chances of having a stroke. So if you want to lower your stroke risk, the first thing you should do is find out what your blood pressure is, and if it’s even moderately high, work with your New Jersey vein expert and vascular doctors to get it under control. An “ideal” blood pressure range is generally considered to be 120/80, but if you can lower yours to a more realistic goal for most people of 140/90, you’ll have gone a long way towards lowering your stroke risk. You can achieve this goal by exercising more, by avoiding processed and high-cholesterol foods, by limiting your salt intake, and by following other suggestions made by your doctors.

  1. Get your weight under control

Every extra pound you carry around increases your likelihood of having a stroke, so if you are overweight, losing 10 to 15 pounds can significantly reduce your risk. Ideally, you should also try to keep your BMI (body mass index) at 25 or less. Your local vein treatment center in New Jersey can help you lose weight by suggesting diet plans and by helping you increase your daily activity levels, working towards a goal of at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.

  1. Limit your alcohol consumption

When consumed in moderation, drinking alcohol can actually lower your stroke risk, because it relaxes your arteries and increases blood flow. However, the words “in moderation” mean that you should have no more than two drinks per day, and preferably only one. If you drink more than that, your stroke risk goes up drastically.

Don’t stop with these three suggestions, and remember…we can help

There are other things you can do to lower your stroke risk, of course. If you smoke, you should stop, and as soon as possible. If you have diabetes or atrial fibrillation (a form of irregular heartbeat), you should seek treatment for them. If you would like our assistance to help keep you stroke-free, give our New Jersey vein expert a call today at 201-693-4847 or go online to schedule a consultation and determine your current stroke risk. These checkups only take a few minutes, but they can literally save your life, because they can detect small problems before they become big problems.