Watch Your Blood Pressure
About 85 million Americans have high blood pressure, a condition where the blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. Anyone, including children, can develop high blood pressure. To prevent a stroke you need to keep an eye on this. High blood pressure is a huge factor, doubling or even quadrupling your stroke risk if it is not controlled. "High blood pressure is the biggest contributor to the risk of stroke in both men and women," Harvard Health reported. "Monitoring blood pressure and, if it is elevated, treating it, is probably the biggest difference women can make to their vascular health." Cut down on stress, salt, caffeine and eat better. Also, aim to eat more vegetables every day, 1 serving of fish weekly, and several daily servings of whole grains and low-fat dairy.