“Compared to those with poor blood pressure status, those who were ideal had a 60 percent lower risk of future stroke,” Cushman said.
Making small lifestyle changes could reduce your risk of having a stroke, according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Researchers assessed stroke risk using the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 health factors: be active, control cholesterol, eat a healthy diet, manage blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight, control blood sugar and don’t smoke.
“We used the assessment tool to look at stroke risk and found that small differences in health status were associated with large reductions in stroke risk,” said Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., senior author and professor of medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Researchers divided the Life’s Simple 7 scores into three categories: zero to four points for inadequate, five to nine points for average, and 10 to 14 points for optimum cardiovascular health.
- Every one-point increase toward a better score was associated with an 8 percent lower…
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