Stroke: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself

Featured Article, Healthy Heart, Stroke
on January 28, 2011

Walk briskly. A Harvard study found that women who walked at a brisk pace of three miles per hour or faster for two or more hours a week cut their stroke risk by 37 percent.

Eat less red meat. New research found that women who ate 3.6 ounces of red meat daily were 42 percent more likely to suffer a type of stroke called cerebral infarction than those who ate less than one ounce a day.

Take an aspirin a day. Dr. Brett M. Kissela of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine recommends a daily aspirin as another hedge against stroke. Talk with your doctor, though, before beginning an aspirin regimen.

Know the signs. If you’re having a clot-related stroke, getting to the ER within 3 to 4 hours is crucial. Look for sudden weakness on one side of the body, disturbed vision, slurred speech and confusion.