How would you know if you were at the risk of a stroke? While there
is no absolute way to know that, you will, or will not ever have a
stroke in your lifetime, there are signs that indicate, that you are at
high risk of stroke.
The good news is that you can do something about every one of these
signs, so as to significantly lower your stroke risk. Please Pay
1) Your blood pressure is out of control
If you consistently have high pressure or if you are trying to
avoid actually finding out what your blood pressure is – that is bad
news. I call it living in denial, you refuse to check your blood
pressure, lest it might be high.
The good news is that high blood pressure can be managed with
medication, diet and lifestyle adjustment such as lowering stress and
not smoking, and you will live to a very ripe old age without
Make sure you see your doctor to find out what your blood pressure
is and, under your doctor’s supervision, start making changes if you
need to.
2) Your blood sugar is high – or you don’t know what it is
Erratic blood sugar, chronically elevated blood sugar or
uncontrolled diabetes can damage blood vessels, increasing your risk of
Make sure to see your doctor regularly, so that you can get
appropriate diabetes screening and proper treatment, through diet and
Unmanaged diabetes could lead to cataract formation, blindness, atherosclerosis, hip joint necrosis and foot drop.
3) You smoke
Smoking is a hard habit to break. It is one of the most significant signs that you are at risk of having a stroke.
The good news is that, despite the harmful stroke- causing-impact
of smoking, these effects amazingly reverse over time after you quit
4) You don’t get enough exercise
Exercise is easy to ignore. It can seem like a hassle. It can be tough to start exercising, if you have aches  and pains.
But no matter what your health situation is – whether you are
healthy, or if you have already, had a serious stroke, there are safe
and easy exercises that can keep you fit, while decreasing your stroke
5) You have high cholesterol
This is a confusing one, especially lately. While, American Heart
Association(AHA), recommendations for dietary cholesterol, have changed
recently, you still need to maintain recommended levels.
It is now known that dietary fat and genetic factors cause high cholesterol.
6) You are always flying off the handle
Stress is a major contributor to Hypertension, heart disease and diabetes – all of which cause stroke.
Stress control and an overall calm, relaxed lifestyle can significantly decrease your stroke ris.k
7) You carry deep stress
Stress isn’t always manifested as blowing your fuse. Some people
are stressed out because of the burden of hiding something, living
secret anger, and constantly trying to impress someone who is hard to
please, or endlessly chasing after approval.
Overcoming hidden stress is equally as important as overcoming more obvious stress.
8) You don’t take your medications
Most stroke risk factors can be managed, but it requires regularly
taking your medications, buying your drugs and doing regular check ups.
9) You don’t get attention for your heart disease
If you have shortness of breath when you walk or exert yourself, or
if you experience chest pain, then you are running a huge risk of a
stroke or a heart attack. So consult your doctor.
10) Ignoring Transient Ischaemia Attack(TIA)
Whenever you notice any of the signs I listed above, please consult your doctor. Always be medically guided.