You may never see a stroke coming. Dancing with the Stars contestant Kim Zolciak is a prime example. She’s 37, fit…and a stroke victim. Find out how to avoid the same fate.

TV Star in Her 30s Hit With Mini-Strokes: Make Sure You’re Not Next

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Reality TV star Kim Zolciak-Biermann is 37 years old. She’s slim and in terrific shape. She has the best dietitians, personal trainers, and medical care money can buy.

But that didn’t help her the day her left side went numb and she suddenly couldn’t speak…

After being rushed to the hospital, doctors confirmed she had suffered a series of mini-strokes. It may seem shocking for someone to have strokes at such a young age. But her experience is not at all uncommon…

Among Americans ages 15-44, the incidence of stroke has risen dramatically–by 23% in just 10 years.1

Other statistics are even more chilling:

  • Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
  • Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.
  • Every four minutes someone dies of stroke.

But the real tragedy is this: 80% of strokes are preventable.

The biggest risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure, and the most common recommendation is that people cut back on salt to lower their sodium intake.

But the vast majority of salt in the standard American diet doesn’t come from the shaker. Rather, it comes from sodium-laden processed foods. Cut them out of your life and your stroke risk plummets.

Here are other ways to avoid becoming a tragic statistic:

  • Do you snore? Ask your doctor if you might be suffering from sleep apnea. It can trigger strokes. Getting treatment lowers your risk.
  • Certain supplements may lower your stroke risk. Magnesium, aged garlic extract, fish oil, CoQ10, hawthorn, grapeseed extract, and beetroot crystals are just a few.
  • At your next checkup, make sure your doctor checks you for atrial fibrillation. It’s a type of irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke. In fact, a heart condition is suspected of causing Kim’s mini-strokes.
  • Kim was stricken after a long plane flight. So try not to sit for long periods. Get up to walk around at least once an hour. Even just standing to stretch for a few minutes every hour is better than staying seated.

Thankfully, Kim is recovering. Following these tips can help you avoid going through what she did.

In Good Health,

Angela Salerno
Publisher, INH Health Watch

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