1. GET & STAY ACTIVE
Under your doctor’s supervision, exercise may be good for your heart and circulation, which can help reduce your risk for another clot-related (ischemic) stroke.
The best part?
Nobody’s expecting you to become an overnight triathlete. There are lots of ways to make exercise part of your daily routine, but you don’t even need to start out exercising daily. Just a few minutes working on some exercise basics is a good start.
Then, once you get an exercise routine going, be sure to mix it up every so often to stay motivated. Above all, always talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.
2. EAT HEALTHY
Talking to your doctor about healthy eating choices can be another powerful step starting right now. Even lowering your sodium intake can be a start because it can help keep your blood pressure in check.
And instead of focusing on missing out on all those unhealthy favorites you might have enjoyed before your stroke, think about what you’re gaining in return – more time to be with the people you love, and maybe even picking up new, fun activities that help you live heart-healthy.
Besides, eating heart-healthy can be surprisingly delicious, too!
3. CONTROL YOUR CHOLESTEROL
If your doctor has prescribed a statin (medicine for lowering your cholesterol), taking it as directed is an important part of maintaining your health.
4. CONTROL YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Lowering your blood pressure lowers the risk of another ischemic stroke, so take your prescribed blood pressure medicine as directed by your doctor.