You’re Not Too Young To Have A Stroke. Here’s How To Reduce Your Risk

There are certain medical conditions that we all kind of associate with old age. Heart attacks, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure—those are issues for late-in-lifers who smoke cigars and eat steaks every day, right?

Wrong.

Strokes Can Happen Earlier Than Expected

It turns out that heart disease and stroke could be coming for you much earlier than you expected. New research shows that the number of people who experience strokes between the ages of 25 and 64 is rising significantly. In fact, in September alone, nearly a quarter of the people who die of stroke will be under the age of 75.

The worst part? Most of them will have been preventable.

What Can You Do?

Good news: It's actually pretty simple. The same research that shows higher stroke rates also shows that they tend to be related to blood pressure, a very manageable aspect of individual health. The primary cause of high blood pressure is a poor diet. The main component of a poor diet? Too much salt.

That's yet another reason for you to get your sodium intake under control.

Blood pressure is one of four core health metrics, alongside cholesterol, blood sugar, and Body Mass Index, that everyone can use to determine their overall heart health. By keeping those four numbers in check, you can be reasonably certain that your heart attack and stroke risks will remain low.

Turn To Common Sense

Luckily, keeping your heart health in check is pretty easy. It involves simple common sense.

Do you smoke? It's time to quit! If you drink too much, it's time to quit that, too. Tobacco and alcohol are two of the worst factors impacting your heart health, and reducing consumption is the easiest way to make a significant change.

How often do you exercise? Moving just a half hour a day will dramatically increase your overall health outcomes. Finally, if you're eating too much salt, get that under control. Add foods rich in good cholesterol, like fatty fish or leafy greens, to immediately see your heart health improve.

Everyone knows how to make those good choices. Now, with the ever-rising risk of stroke and heart disease, you know why it's time to make those same choices for yourself.