Even if genetics put you at risk for a stroke, maintaining a few healthy lifestyle choices can significantly lower your chances of experiencing one. That’s the finding of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
People who have maintained good cardiovascular health “could potentially slash that risk [of stroke] by a significant amount,” says Myriam Fornage, an author of the paper and a professor at the Center for Human Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
Specifically, the study looked at the effect of following life’s simple 7, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) prescription for heart health:
1. Stop smoking
2. Eat better
3. Get active
4. Lose weight
5. Manage blood pressure
6. Control cholesterol
7. Reduce Blood Sugar
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