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:

Lifestyle modifications

  • 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.


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