An ophthalmologist may be able to access your stroke risk. In an Australian study, researchers found that people who had blood vessel damage in their eyes were 70% more likely to have a stroke in the next 7 years than those without damage. Study author, Ophthalmologist Paul Mitchell. as reported in Readers Digest January 2006
Using a robot so doctors can access a patient in rural areas remotely. Telestroke
"Cold weather, high humidity and big daily temperature swings seem to land more people in the hospital with strokes." Associated Press
Loma Linda University: drinking five 8-oz. glasses of water a day can reduce your risk of heart attack by 50% compared to drinking only two. (Water thins the blood.) as reported in Woman's World magazine 8/27/12
The New England Journal of Medicine: a 325 mg aspirin, taken every day, works as well as the blood thinning drug warfarin at preventing stroke. as reported in Woman's World magazine 10/29/12
Lowering Blood Pressure
University of Minnesota: eating whole grain oat cereal for breakfast can significantly lower your blood pressure. as reported in Woman's World magazine 8/27/12
Reducing sodium while increasing potassium (under a doctor's supervision!) reduces fluid retention and relieves pressure on blood vessels reducing risk of stroke by 50% - university study as reported in Woman's World magazine 1/6/14
Reducing sodium to 1 tsp. a day reduces chance of stroke by 90% compared to those who consume more than 1 3/4 tsp as reported by Woman's World magazine 7/22/13
Foods that contain tyramine may increase blood pressure. Cured meats, aged cheeses, fermented abage, fava beans. British Heart Journal
People who ate at least 25g of soluble fiber a day had 50% reduction in strokes. Clinical Nutrition as reported in Prevention December 2013
Eating fish one day a week can cut your risk of stroke by 50% according to Harvard research as reported in Woman's World magazine 7/22/13
Estrogen can increase risk of stroke - if you are taking birth control pills talk to your doctor about taking progesterone-only pills.
Walking at a comfortable pace, at least 17 minutes a day, can lower stroke risk by 30%.