Health Watch -- Stroke: Prevention

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about stroke and how to recognize the symptoms so you can get help in time. But you should also try to be aware of risks to help prevent a stroke in the first place. Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes all raise your risk for stroke. Losing weight, exercising and cutting back on salt intake can help lower your risk.

Dr. Shawna Nesbitt, a hypertension researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has also found that aggressive medical treatment of people with borderline high blood pressure may reduce the risk of these patients developing high blood pressure, which can help prevent stroke.

Taking care of your health now and knowing when to get treatment if you do have a stroke could help save your life.


September 2006

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