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Your preventive strategy should focus on reducing risk factors for stroke: reduce stress; go for annual medical checkups if you have a strong family history of stroke; reduce your weight and the intake of saturated fats in your diet; maintain regular exercise habits; take cholesterol-lowering medicines if proper diet and exercise together are not enough to keep your levels low; stop smoking; keep your blood pressure under control with a low-fat diet, low-salt intake, and if necessary, antihypertensive medications; and control diabetes (diet and/or medications) if you have this disease.
Three forms of cerebrovascular (brain blood vessels) disease can worsen cognition, including memory: transient ischemic attacks, ministrokes or small infarcts, and frank clinical strokes.
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Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...