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5 Ways to Prevent Strokes in the Elderly

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

A stroke takes place when blood flow is cut off from part of the brain, depriving the brain cells of oxygen and damaging them. Your elderly loved one can take some healthy measures to help reduce the risk of stroke, and the experienced staff at Henderson Home Care Assistance has a few suggestions for what measures to take.

1. Keep Blood Pressure in Check

High blood pressure is the leading cause of most strokes, often doubling or quadrupling the chances of one occurring. Your loved one should try to maintain a blood pressure of 120 over 80 or less to prevent high risks of stroke.

2. Control Cholesterol

If your loved one has high cholesterol levels, this can lead to obesity, which raises the risk of having a stroke. Seniors should try to keep height and weight proportionate by maintaining a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or less. A simple way to attain the ideal BMI and keep cholesterol levels down is through regular exercise and a healthy diet.

3. Quit Smoking

Smokers doubles their risk of stroke when compared to nonsmokers because the toxins in cigarettes increase clot formation, thicken the blood, and increase the amount of plaque buildup in the arteries. Smoking can also increase the effects of other stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

4. Include Vegetables in the Diet

Consuming several vegetable servings a day can help reduce stroke risk because the vegetables contain folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12. These vitamins can help reduce levels of blood homocysteine, amino acids that, when levels are too high, can increase stroke risk.

5. Take a Daily Baby Aspirin

Senior women who take a baby aspirin daily may have a lower risk of getting a stroke because the aspirin alters the blood’s natural clotting action. This method, however, is not effective for senior men.

It’s never too early to take measures toward preventing strokes, but some of these tasks may be difficult for your senior loved one if his or her abilities are hindered due to other health challenges. If your loved one needs assistance with exercise, medication reminders, or preparing healthy meals, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of stroke care in Henderson. All of our services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we never ask you to sign any long-term contracts. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call one of our qualified Care Managers at (702) 527-7723 today.