Jun 3, 2013

Canada Stroke Awareness Month - Day 3 - Stroke Prevention (1/2):

About 1 in 6 people will be affected by a stroke within their lifetime. That's a major part of the human race. There are known prevention tips that help increase your odds. Below I've gone through some healthy living ideas to prevent this deadly killer from touching you or your family.

• High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
• High Blood Cholesterol
• Atrial Fibrillation
• Diabetes
• Being Overweight
• Excessive Alcohol Consumption
• Physical Inactivity
• Smoking
• Stress

Most of these triggers can be easily prevented, for example; smoking, stress, being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption, and physical activity are things that most of us have control over. Some are easy, some are tough to let go, but ultimately it's within our power to help prevent a stroke.


High Blood Pressure (Hypertension):

"High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease. It’s important to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range. If you think you may be at risk or you have already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, here is some step-by-step information on how to manage it successfully." Source: HeartandStroke.com

The key to successfully managing your blood pressure is through self-testing. Home test kits are available, as well as having a regular check-up with your doctor. Hypertension Canada is a great source of information to better educate yourself in the effects of high blood pressure prevention no matter where you live in the world.

For more info, visit: http://www.hypertension.ca/


High Blood Cholesterol:

"There are 2 types of cholesterol - good and bad. It's so important to keep it at healthy levels because high blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. If you think you may be at risk, are interested in preventing or have already been diagnosed with high blood cholesterol, here is some step-by-step information on how to manage it successfully." Source: HeartandStroke.com

High blood cholesterol can be easily managed through your fat intake through your diet. Many publications online show you how to manage your cholesterol intake, knowing this information can help to prevent a stroke later on in your life. High cholesterol is especially dangerous in men 40 and over, and within women 50 and over.

Here's a link to "Canada's Food Guide":


Atrial Fibrillation:

"Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition involving an irregular heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. It is the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting approximately 350,000 Canadians. Generally, the risk of developing AF increases with age and with other risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and underlying heart disease. One of the main complications of atrial fibrillation is stroke. Individuals with atrial fibrillation have a risk of stroke that is 3 to 5 times greater than those without AF." Source: HeartandStroke.com

Most causes of Atrial Fibrillation are unknown. Some include; high blood pressure, congenital heart diseases, pulmonary embolism, alcohol, and some other triggers.

The key is to check with your doctor if you feel something not right with your heart beats, dizziness, vomiting, fatigue, sweating, or any irregular symptoms.

To listen to what AF sounds like, listen to this audio file:



"Diabetes increases the risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries), coronary artery disease and stroke, particularly if your blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. It can also result in circulation problems caused by damage to the blood vessels." Source: HeartandStroke.com

There are many people who suffer from; Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational diabetes and don't even know it. This condition is not to be taken lightly and MUST be managed at all times. There can be detrimental side-effects if not take seriously, by watching insulin levels and having a proper diabetic lifestyle, including eating properly.

I know a few individuals who test their limits all the time and use insulin as a way to justify their food intake, this method of self-administering is very dangerous. Diabetes must be respected and treated properly using guidelines set out by your doctor, or association.

Because of my blood disorders, I am forced to go into a Hyperbaric Chamber for 2 hours a day to heal my leg ulcers. This is a common factor for people who don't manage their Diabetes properly. You have the ability to prevent this from happening to you.

More info at the Canadian Diabetes Association:


In Conclusion:

This concludes part one of this two part series. Tomorrow I will go into triggers that we as humans take for granted when it comes to our health. Living healthy is a lifestyle, but it's a choice we must all choose to make. It's never too late to help yourself by preventing life threatening conditions from manifesting.

Martin R. Lemieux

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