Preventing Stroke in Women with Depression
Until further research determines whether the stroke-risk associated with depression can be reduced, and the best ways to do so, lifestyle-related stroke prevention strategies should be considered.
Guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for preventing a first-time stroke include this advice:
- Keep blood pressure under 140/90 mm Hg.
- Eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
- Cut the sodium; increase potassium.
- Drink only in moderation—no more than one drink a day for women (and two drinks a day for men).
- Quit smoking if you currently light up.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a normal body weight.