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5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 09:31 AM

Someone in the United States has a stroke about once every 40 seconds, according to the 2018 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics numbers presented by the American Heart Association at their recent annual update. Stroke accounts for 1 in 19 deaths in the U.S., killing someone about every 3 minutes.

The most effective way to reduce your risk of stroke is adopting a heart healthy lifestyle: getting enough physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and eating nutritious foods, according to Medical Daily.

But studies suggest that some surprising foods, habits and beverages can also reduce your risk of having a potentially deadly stroke:

1. Sauna. Drs .Oz and Roizen recently posted an article on Newsmax saying that according to a study published in the journal Neurology, taking several saunas weekly reduces your risk of having a stroke. They say it may be due to the sauna’s ability to lower blood pressure and also stimulate your immune system.

2. Chocolate. Research has shown that moderate consumption of chocolate may be linked to a lower stroke risk, Experts believe it is the flavonoids in chocolate that act as powerful anti-inflammatory agents, benefiting both the heart and brain.

3. Flossing. Good dental hygiene can do more than keep your teeth and gums healthy, say experts. When your gums are healthy your risk for atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, decreases. Narrowing of the arteries is a major risk for stoke, according to the American Heart Association.

4. Sex. Apparently, middle aged men who have sex frequently have lower levels of homocysteine in the blood which provides protection against stroke and heart attacks. High levels of homocysteine are associated with cardiovascular events.

5. Coffee. Yet another reason to reach for that cup of Joe…Recent studies have found that drinking coffee may help people with irregular heart rhythms. In addition, a 2017 study analyzed the data from the famous Framingham Heart study and found that drinking coffee was associated with a decreased risk of developing heart failure by 7 percent and stroke by 8 percent when compared to non-coffee drinkers.

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