Thursday, May 08, 2014

Stroke survivors struggle with heart health

Taking good care of yourself is one way to help prevent a stroke. That's especially important for those of us who've already had one.

If you've seen this blog before, you've seen lots of support of exercise, good diet and watching your blood pressure and other numbers - key elements of heart health.

And, according to recent research, many stroke survivors are facing the challenge of poor heart health:
Less than one out of every 100 stroke survivors met all of the American Heart Association's criteria for ideal cardiovascular health, researchers found.
The percentage of patients who met none or only one of the seven goals used to define ideal cardiovascular health increased from 18% in 1988-1994 to 33% in 2005-2010, and less than 1% achieved all seven goals, according to Michelle Lin, MD of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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