World Stroke Day is October 29. Did you know that someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, which means almost 800,000 strokes occur each year? They want you to know how to prevent stroke before it happens because strokes are devastating.
Too young to have a stroke
One of my clients had a stroke a couple of years ago and she’s still recovering. She was only in her late 50’s at the time. For a while, we weren’t sure she’d make it. Fortunately, she survived but regularly goes to physical therapy to gain back her mobility and strength because she was partially paralyzed. The scary thing was, she was in good health and seemingly fit before it happened.
Blood pressure monitoring matters to prevent stroke
It’s imperative to monitor your blood pressure often because 75% of Americans who’ve had a stroke also experienced high blood pressure. Omron Healthcare is a global leader in at-home heart devices and blood pressure monitors. Every Baby Boomer should have a blood pressure monitor in their home and test themselves regularly because the chance of stroke doubles every 10 years after age 55.
Omron Healthcare’s Mission
“Going for Zero” is Omron Healthcare’s mission to eliminate strokes and heart attacks. They are educating the public about the importance of blood pressure monitoring because it’s a key factor to prevent stroke. They also emphasize living a healthy lifestyle.
4 ways to regulate your blood pressure and keep it at bay
- Stay physically active – Find an activity you can do several times a week like walking, swimming, or biking. Avoid sitting on your duff for too long and move throughout the day.
- Eat a low fat and low sodium diet – I always recommend eating “real food” as opposed to anything packaged or processed, with an emphasis on vegetables. “Real food” has no ingredient list because nothing else has been added to it. You can eat “healthy fats” in moderation like olive oil, avocado, and Omega 3 rich fish, because they’re healthy for your heart. Hibiscus tea is also excellent for reducing blood pressure.
- Cut back on cigarettes and alcohol – If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do, the sooner you quit, the better.
- Reduce stress – As we all know, stress causes your blood pressure to soar. Do what you can to reduce it. That may mean watching less of the TV news. Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, massage, and a relaxing bath will all help.
How to monitor your blood pressure
Besides a standard at-home blood pressure monitor, you can also wear a wireless blood pressure monitor that syncs with an app on your smartphone. That way you can check your blood pressure throughout the day, especially if you’re in a stressful situation.
Get regular doctor checkups
If high blood pressure is a chronic issue, you need to be monitored by your physician who may prescribe blood pressure medicine to prevent stroke or heart attack. Blood pressure monitoring at home will assist your doctor in determining what treatment options are best for you.
I hope you will observe World Stroke Day by putting your own health as a priority. Please share this information with everyone you know.
Have you or someone you know experienced a stroke? Please leave a comment below.
This post has been sponsored by Omron Healthcare and I have received compensation for writing it. However, it’s important health information that I believe is valuable for Baby Boomer health.