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:
- You can take steps to help you reduce your stroke risk. Practice these health habits:
- 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. Learn more about blood pressure.
- Keep your LDL (“bad cholesterol”) under 100 mg/dl. Keep your HDL (“good cholesterol”) greater than 40 mg/dl if you're male or greater than 50 mg/dl if you're female. Learn more about cholesterol.
- Keep your triglycerides below 150 mg./dl.
- If you have AFib, work with your doctor to manage your condition.
- 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.
- If you smoke tobacco, find help to stop smoking. Parkview has many resources to help with smoking cessation.
- If you consume alcoholic drinks, do so only in moderation.
Stroke awareness program
Presentations to community groups are available throughout the year. Information on signs and symptoms of stroke, prevention of stroke, and the latest treatments will be provided. For more information, call (260) 373-6761.
A resource for stroke patients, caregivers and others
After a stroke, patients and/or their family caregivers need information to help them make the healthiest possible lifestyle choices and reduce the risk of future strokes. The stroke center offers a comprehensive guide as a learning tool and resource.