How Do You Prevent High Blood Pressure?

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In last week’s post we went over the causes of high blood pressure in light of it being National High Blood Pressure Education Month. In this post, we shall cover ways to prevent high blood pressure and ideas as to how you can keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. Why is Preventing High … Continued

Stroke Preventative Diet

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As we mentioned before, May is Stroke Awareness Month. What a better way to raise awareness then by going over diet? Dietary choices can influence your risk of having stroke. By being careful about what you eat and put into your body, you can control your risk of having a stroke. Know what the key … Continued

Top 3 Stroke Risk Assessment Tools

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Stroke risk assessment tools are a useful way to quantify your current risk and subsequently identify which risk factors need your attention. To get your stroke risk score, try out any of the stroke risk factor calculators below: Stroke Risk Scorecard. This Stroke Risk Scorecard is a quick and simple way to calculate your risk … Continued

7 Risk Factors Associated With Stroke

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Stroke is what happens to the brain when it doesn’t get the oxygen it needs. This can lead to irreversible damage and even death. According to the American Heart Association, there are risk factors for stroke which you have control over, including: High blood pressure Smoking Diabetes Obesity Diet Physical inactivity High blood cholesterol By … Continued

May Is Stroke Awareness Month

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Did you know that May is Stroke Awareness Month? So, what does this mean for us? It’s a special opportunity to discuss stroke, highlight the risks associated with it, all in hopes of making you more healthy. Stroke, in case you don’t know, is specific to the brain and refers to a situation where the … Continued

9 Foods that Lower LDL Cholesterol

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In the last post, we established that LDL cholesterol is the “bad” form of cholesterol which in excess amounts is associated with heart disease, the leading cause of death in the world. Although it’s important to prevent high LDL cholesterol levels by reducing relevant risk factors (like eliminating an unhealthy diet or by cutting that … Continued

Lowering and Controlling Your LDL Cholesterol Levels

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Cholesterol is given a bad rep for being unhealthy. Right? In fact, cholesterol is an important component for the body and is crucial for optimal functioning. However, high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol are associated with serious diseases and conditions, such as: atherosclerosis heart attack peripheral arterial disease stroke transient ischaemic attack High levels … Continued

How Do We Measure Stress Levels?

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So, as April is slowly coming to a close, so is Stress Awareness month. But, we still haven’t answered the question- how are stress levels measured? On a daily basis, we all experience stress, but how is stress quantified or identified? There are many ways, including: By monitoring any variability in heart rate. Heart rate … Continued

What Is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

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First of all, the aorta is an artery and the body’s major blood vessel. It runs from the heart down the torso where it splits into two branches, one for each leg. An abdominal aortic aneurysm happens when there is an enlargement of the aorta in the stomach area. The aneurysm usually does not cause … Continued