Adopt A Mediterranean Diet To Reduce Risk Of First-Time Stroke

October 29, 2014 3:29 PM

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Adopt A Mediterranean Diet To Reduce Risk Of First-Time Stroke

1.5 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular diseases and strokes each year. And the usual suspects that cause these conditions are poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and unmanaged blood pressure. So in a bid to educate people of healthier lifestyle alternatives, the American Heart Association has come up with revised guidelines that suggest adopting Mediterranean or DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity, and keeping blood pressure under control to lower the risk of first-time stroke.

"We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes because risk factors that can be changed or controlled — especially high blood pressure — account for 90 percent of strokes," said lead author James Meschia in a statement.

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