Did you know that having a stroke increases your risk for another one? That’s why Doctors Hospital of Sarasota urges stroke care patients in the greater Sarasota, Venice, and Northport communities to take action to reduce their recurrent stroke risks. By introducing a few changes into your daily lifestyle, you can substantially lower your chances of suffering a future stroke.
Work Out Regularly
In the immediate days and weeks following a stroke, you might be too weak to exercise. As you regain your strength and balance, though, you may want to discuss a physical fitness regimen with your physician. Research indicates that working out is a highly effective prevention method against recurrent strokes. When you exercise, you can not only strengthen your cardiovascular system, but also lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, two factors that influence your overall stroke risk.
Monitor Heart Numbers
Even with a regular exercise routine, you need to consistently check your blood pressure and cholesterol readings. Both hypertension and high cholesterol can contribute to future strokes, and in some cases, physical activity alone may not bring them down to a healthy range. If you exercise and still suffer from high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your doctor might suggest medication to better control either condition.
Break Unhealthy Habits
Unhealthy habits such as smoking cigarettes may be difficult to quit, but taking steps to eliminate these behaviors are integral to your health. Studies show that both tobacco usage and excessive alcohol consumption can dramatically increase your risk of recurrent stroke. As a result, one of the most effective ways to lower your danger of having another stroke is to cut out these habits. If you need help to quit smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages, consult with your doctor who can provide information on cessation programs in your area.
Don’t let a second stroke rob you of a second chance for a healthy life. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota can help you cultivate better lifestyle habits for a stroke-free future. For more information on our stroke care services for Sarasota and Venice residents, call (888) 685-1596.