Harvard Heart Letter

7 simple changes lower stroke risk

Every move toward heart health reduces stroke risk by 8%.

It's time to learn your "Life's Simple 7" score, because even a small improvement can mean a big drop in your risk of having a stroke.

Three years ago, the American Heart Association released the Life's Simple 7 (LS7) tool as an easy way for people to understand their risk of having a stroke or heart disease. The tool tracks seven things a person can improve: blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI, a measure of weight relative to height), physical activity, diet, and cigarette smoking.

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