Manage Cholesterol to Prevent Stroke
May 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Next time you think about burgers and fries, think about this: these and some other foods are high in saturated fat and can cause arteries to become blocked through the gradual build-up of cholesterol, also known as plaque.
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy fat (lipid) that is required for the body to form cell membranes, some hormones and vitamin D. However, excess cholesterol or frequent consumption of saturated and trans fats can cause trouble. Cholesterol is made within the body and can also be ingested in some foods, such as eggs, meats and dairy products.
Cholesterol or plaque build-up in the arteries can block normal blood flow to the brain and cause a stroke. Approximately 1 in 4 Americans have elevated cholesterol levels, with 63% of those individuals unaware of their status.
Here are some facts you should remember to help prevent stroke:
To laern more about your risk for stroke, click here and use the “Check your health” assessment tool or take this quick, five-minute stroke risk assessment test. You can also call the Swedish Stroke Program at 206-320-3200 for more information.