Dr Oz did a segment on Stroke Symptoms, which he followed with a discussion on how to calculate your risk for stroke. Doctor Oz also gave 5 Steps to Avoid a Stroke, so if you find that your Stroke risk is dangerously high, you should talk to your doctor and try out Dr Oz’s 5 step plan!
Dr Oz Stroke Risk Calculator
1. What is your blood pressure? If your blood pressure is over 140/80, then check off number 1. Dr Oz said that if you don’t know your number, even though it is part of his Know Your 5 Numbers plan, then he is going to assume it is high and that is why you do not want to know the number.
2. Is your cholesterol high? If your LDL Cholesterol is over 100 or your HDL Cholesterol is under 50, then check off number 2.
3. Do you have Diabetes or are you Pre-Diabetic? Dr Oz said that if your blood sugar is over 100, then you have too much sugar in your blood stream, so check off number 3.
4. Do you smoke? Smoking causes your blood vessels to tighten which increases your blood pressure.
5. How often do you exercise? Dr Oz said that being sedentary is a major risk factor for a stroke, plus lack of exercise drives your sugar and cholesterol levels up. If you do not exercise regularly, check off number 5.
6. Do you have a family history of stroke? Dr Oz is more concerned if the person in your family who had a stroke was young when they had it.
Dr Oz said that if you have three or more checks on the Stroke Calculator, then you must go see a doctor because you are at a higher risk for having a stroke. Also, try Dr Oz’s 5 Step Anti-Stroke Plan:
Dr Oz: 5 Steps to Avoid a Stroke
1. Know your blood pressure.
2. Do cardio exercise, even things like taking the stairs at home or at work. If you automate exercise into your life, you will release chemicals into your system that will help to lower your blood pressure.
3. Your waist should by under half your height.
4. Eat 3 fruits or vegetables every day and avoid ham, bacon and other packaged processed foods (especially ones with nitrates). Dr Oz said that by eating processed foods, you increase your risk of having a stroke by 44%.
5. Monitor your medications. Hormone Replacement Pills and Birth Control pills, especially in conjunction with smoking, can increase your risk of a stroke.
This was such an important and life saving Dr Oz segment, so please sen it to your friends and family to be sure everyone knows their risk of having a stroke!