Every year, almost 800,000 people living in the US suffer a stroke. 1 in 8 strokes kills the person within the first 30 days, while 1 in 4 strokes is lethal within the first year, as the Stroke Association reveals.
A new study followed the results of over 11,000 adults in the US during almost 30 years.
Daily Mail reveals that seven daily habits might be enough to cut stroke risk by almost half. There’s no wonder why the habits are dubbed ‘Life’s Simple 7’. Here they are :
- Have an active lifestyle
- Eat healthy meals
- Lose weight
- Don’t smoke
- Maintain a normal blood pressure
- Control cholesterol
- Reduce blood sugar
Professor Myriam Fornage, the lead author of the new study and who’s also a geneticist at Texas University, stated as Daily Mail quotes:
Our study confirmed modifying lifestyle risk factors, such as controlling blood pressure, can offset a genetic risk of stroke.
We can use genetic information to determine who is at higher risk and encourage them to adopt a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle, such as following the AHA’s Life’s Simple 7, to lower that risk and live a longer, healthier life.
There are numerous studies indicating that people who engage in physical exercises every day, at least for a few minutes, will be a lot healthier compared to those who have a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, the new findings shouldn’t surprise us, at least when it comes to the recommendation of having an active lifestyle.
The same research indicates that if you follow the 7 lifestyle habits, you could also add a few more years of stroke-free life.
There are two major types of stroke that a person can deal with: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Both of them are potentially fatal. Receiving medical help (surgery or the tissue plasminogen activator drug) in the first three hours is crucial for saving the patient.
The new study was published in the Journal of American Heart Association.