What Is a Stroke?
It happens when blood flow is cut off to a part of your brain. The cells begin to die, and brain function in that area is damaged or even destroyed. It usually affects the areas that control muscle function, memory, and speech.
Watch Your Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure and it’s not managed well, it can double or quadruple your risk of stroke. Your blood pressure should be around 120 over 80. If yours is too high, talk to your doctor about changing your diet and getting more exercise. If that’s not enough to control it, he may prescribe medication to help.