After ischaemic heart disease, stroke is the most common cause of death worldwide, accounting for almost 12% of all deaths. In the UK, stroke takes a life every 13 minutes. The good news is that up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Top of the list for reducing your risk of stroke is to quit smoking if you haven't already. Other ways to minimise your risk of stroke include getting regular exercise:
- Moderate exercise can reduce your risk of stroke by up to 27%
- Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of an ischaemic stroke by 50%
- Being overweight increases your risk of ischaemic stroke by 22%
- Being obese increases your risk of ischaemic stroke by 64%.
- LDL: 70-130 mg/dL (the lower, the better)
- HDL: more than 40-60 mg/dL (the higher, the better)
- Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL (the lower, the better)
- Triglycerides: 10-150 mg/dL (the lower, the better).