Cut your stroke risk

Mansfield Courier - - News -

LET’S be hon­est, how much time did you waste on click­bait lists in 2018?

You know the ones - like ‘seven ways to look ten years younger’.

In the in­ter­ests of short at­ten­tion spans ev­ery­where, the list be­low will be the most im­por­tant one you will read this year.

I guar­an­tee you won’t get to num­ber three and give up be­cause it’s rub­bish; but be warned, what I am about to say will shock you.

A re­cent study has found one in four peo­ple will have a stroke in their life­time.

Yes; one in four peo­ple will have their lives turned up­side down by a dis­ease that at­tacks the brain – the vi­tal or­gan re­spon­si­ble for our thoughts, move­ments and feel­ings.

Strokes do not dis­crim­i­nate.

They can strike any­one, any age and any time.

It im­pacts ev­ery­day peo­ple - mums, dads, broth­ers, friends, col­leagues or even you.

There will be more than 56,000 strokes in Aus­tralia this year.

But there is hope - and it is called pre­ven­tion. Around 80 per cent of strokes can be pre­vented, and we can all take sim­ple steps to re­duce our risk.

1. Get your blood pres­sure checked reg­u­larly. Blood pres­sure is the key risk fac­tor for stroke, but it can be man­aged.

The num­ber of strokes would be prac­ti­cally cut in half (48 per cent) if high blood pres­sure alone was elim­i­nated.

2. Man­age your choles­terol – high choles­terol con­trib­utes to blood ves­sel dis­ease, which can lead to stroke.

3. Eat a healthy bal­anced diet – avoid sug­ary drinks and cut the salt.

4. Ex­er­cise reg­u­larly – in­ac­tiv­ity causes weight gain and con­trib­utes to high blood pres­sure and high choles­terol.

5. Quit smok­ing - smok­ers have twice the risk of hav­ing a stroke than non-smok­ers.

6. Only drink al­co­hol in mod­er­a­tion - drinking large amounts of al­co­hol in­creases your stroke risk through in­creased blood pres­sure, type two di­a­betes, obe­sity and ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat (atrial fib­ril­la­tion).

Re­mem­ber this list and take your first steps to­wards re­duc­ing your stroke risk in 2019 - it could save your life.

As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Seana Gall, Stroke Foun­da­tion Clin­i­cal Coun­cil mem­ber

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