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Too much sodium may cause your body to hold on to extra water, which can raise your blood pressure and force your heart and kidneys to work harder. By limiting sodium, you will lower your risk of serious health issues.
Where is all that sodium coming from?
The most common source of sodium is salt. According to the American Heart Association, up to 75 percent of the sodium that Americans consume is found in processed foods such as tomato sauce, soups, condiments, canned foods and prepared mixes. Fast food and restaurant meals also are very high in sodium. Doctors recommend reducing your sodium consumption to less than 1,500 milligrams a day if you are 51 or older, are African American or have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
Eating healthy food is one way to help prevent stroke
Making changes in your lifestyle today can help reduce your chances of experiencing future health issues, such as stroke. For example, “Blood pressure is one of the biggest modifiable risk factors in connection with stroke,” says Dr. Eric Adelman, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Michigan. And there are other lifestyle changes that can help in preventing stroke and improve your overall health:
Manage diabetes. Keep your blood sugar levels within a target range.
Take aspirin or a blood thinner if recommended by your doctor.
Take your medicine exactly as prescribed.
Do not smoke or allow others to smoke around you.
Limit alcohol to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Raise your heart rate by getting at least 30 minutes of exercise (walking, swimming, cycling, etc.) on most days of the week.
Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in cholesterol, saturated fats and salt.
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You can reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) — and the subsequent risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, headache and heart failure — by doing the following:
If you have ever been a patient or caregiver, then you’ve probably been faced with the uncertainty that comes with encountering unfamiliar medical terminology and procedures. In fact, it might have seemed like your doctor barely discussed your surgery with you or didn’t allow time for your family to ask questions about your options. For most patients and family members, this makes the medical process rather intimidating.
Fortunately, healthcare is moving away from this patient-directed approach and shifting toward a patient-centric model. Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) is a healthcare approach that works to remove the barriers between medical professional and medical patient by truly valuing the concerns, opinions and voices of patients and their families.
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