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Stroke Prevention & Wellness

Stroke Prevention & Wellness in Los Angeles

Lifestyle changes can help you avoid stroke

High blood pressure (hypertension) is the biggest risk factor. It is called the silent killer because most people who have high blood pressure don't even know it.

Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Be sure to know your blood pressure and make a point to check it regularly. This can save your life.

Adventist Health White Memorial offers a variety of services to encourage wellness and raise awareness of how to prevent stroke. Listed below are some tips on how to change your lifestyle to control your blood pressure and ultimately reduce your risk of stroke.

Maintain a healthy weight

  • Ask your healthcare provider how many calories you should eat a day — use discipline and stick to that number
  • Ask your healthcare provider what your healthy weight range is — if you are overweight, even losing only 10 pounds can help lower your blood pressure
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthfully and limit snacks and sweets

Choose heart-healthy foods

  • Reduce high cholesterol foods
  • Eat more fiber
  • Select low-salt, low-fat foods (note: limit canned, cured, dried, packaged and fast foods — these contain a lot of salt)
  • Eat eight to 10 servings of vegetables and fruits every day
  • Eat whole-grain pasta, brown rice and beans — all have healthy fiber
  • Choose lean meats, fish or chicken
  • Eat two to three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products daily
  • Ask your healthcare provider about the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan that helps reduce blood pressure

Get up & get active

  • Choose activities you enjoy, especially ones you can do with friends or family
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Park farther away from building entrances
  • When you can, walk or bike instead of driving
  • Do outdoor activities like raking leaves, gardening or doing household repairs
  • Make a point to be active for at least 30 minutes a day, most days a week

Manage your stress

  • Be sure to make time to relax and enjoy life — find time to laugh!
  • Visit with family and friends regularly and keep up with hobbies

Limit alcohol & quit smoking

  • Men: Have no more than two drinks per day
  • Women: Have no more than one drink per day
  • Talk with your healthcare provider about quitting smoking, as it greatly increases your risk for heart disease — ask about local or community programs that can help


If the lifestyle changes listed above are not enough, your healthcare provider may prescribe high blood pressure medicine. Take all medications as prescribed.