Cut your risk

Min­imise your chance of a suf­fer­ing a stroke by fol­low­ing these three steps

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Step 1 Know your blood pres­sure

“High blood pres­sure is a fac­tor in half of all strokes and the higher yours is, the greater your risk,” says Dr Quinn. “If yours is more than 140/90 you may be pre­scribed drugs to treat it. the lat­est ad­vice is to lower blood pres­sure with smaller doses of two dif­fer­ent med­i­ca­tions such as an ACe in­hibitor and a di­uretic, rather than us­ing a higher dose of just one drug.” Get your blood pres­sure checked by your Gp, prac­tice nurse, or phar­ma­cist.

Step 2 Mea­sure your pulse

An ir­reg­u­lar/ab­nor­mally fast heart rate may mean you have a con­di­tion called Atrial Fib­ril­la­tion, which is re­spon­si­ble for 20 per cent of strokes. “You can have your heart rhythm checked by your Gp. there’s also an in­ex­pen­sive smart­phone app that phar­ma­cists, prac­tice nurses and even per­sonal train­ers in gyms can use to check this for you. We hope to even­tu­ally see rou­tine screen­ing for all over 65s,” says Dr Quinn.

Step 3 Stay healthy

At least half of all strokes could be pre­vented with sim­ple life­style changes such as los­ing weight, eat­ing healthily, giv­ing up smok­ing, tak­ing reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, and stick­ing to the rec­om­mended al­co­hol guide­line (for men and women) of no more than 14 units – equiv­a­lent to about five glasses of wine a week).

■ For more ad­vice on get­ting healthy fast visit­utes-to-great-health

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