Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stroke Self Defense

Even if you think you're not at risk, buy a blood pressure monitor, sold at pharmacies, and take your own readings weekly. Learn to check your pulse for irregularities to discuss with your doctor. If you are at higher-than-average stroke risk, check with your doctor before taking any cold or flu medicines.

Remember: Do not smoke... avoid excessive alcohol intake ... monitor your cholesterol... keep weight down... exercise... get eight hours of sleep each night... beware of factors that raise your risk, such as diabetes or family history.

Further information can be obtained from the National Stroke Association, 800-787-6537 ...

source: Richard L. Hughes, MD, is chief of neurology at Denver Health Medical Center, 777 Bannock St., Denver 80204.

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