What Can I Do to Prevent a Stroke? | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and a leading cause of death.

During American Stroke Awareness Month this May, our team at AFC Urgent Care Portland wants to help you understand your risk of stroke, as well as what you can do to help prevent a stroke from happening.

What Causes a Stroke?

When a stroke occurs, a blood vessel that was carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain was blocked by either a rupture, burst or clot. The blockage prevents blood and oxygen from getting to the brain. As a result, the brain cells begin to die.

There are three different types of stroke that can occur—an ischemic stroke, a hemorrhagic stroke, or a mini stroke. However, no matter what stroke it might be, minutes matter. You want to make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible if you feel you or someone around you might be having a stroke.

Risk Factors for Stroke

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • Smoking

  • Personal or family history of stroke

How Can I Prevent a Stroke?

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can greatly help to reduce your risk of experiencing a stroke. For starters, you want to make sure you are maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Because high blood pressure can often come without any symptoms, it is important to check your blood pressure on a regular basis.

In addition, you want to maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking and get in at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. Getting enough quality sleep and managing stress are also key steps toward prevention.

Good Cardio Exercises

  • Jump rope

  • Dancing

  • Power walking

  • Swimming

  • Boxing

  • Cycling

If you believe you or someone you know are experiencing a stroke, call 911 for immediate medical attention. For non-emergency medical needs, schedule an AFC TeleCare appointment with AFC Urgent Care Portland.