Good Choices


​Making good choices 

Certain characteristics increase the risk of having a stroke.

You face a higher risk for stroke if you have the following health conditions or habits:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity/excess weight
  • Smoking

 Lifestyle modifications

Taking these steps can help you reduce your stroke risk:

  • Include exercise you enjoy in your daily routine.

  • Follow a lower-sodium, lower-fat diet.

  • Maintain your blood sugar between 80 and 100.

  • Keep your blood pressure under 120/80. Keep your LDL (“bad cholesterol”) under 100 mg./dl. and HDL (“good cholesterol”) greater than 40 mg./dl. if you're male, or greater than 50 mg./dl. if you're female.

  • Keep your triglycerides below 150 mg./dl.

  • Use this link to access a BMI (or Body Mass Index) calculator to determine an ideal weight for you. Maintain a waistline smaller than 35 inches if you are female or less than 40 inches if you are male.

  • Get assistance to help you stop smoking. Parkview has many resources to help with smoking cessation.

  • If you consume alcoholic drinks, do so only in moderation. 

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