Eating fish three or more times a week could lower stroke risk by 6 to 12 percent, according to a Swedish study in the journal Stroke that assessed nearly 400,000 people. Researchers suggest the omega-3 fats in fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel reduce inflammation in the arteries, helping to improve blood flow and decrease the chance of blood clots. Eating more fish could also mean your diet contains less red meat and processed meats, which have more artery-clogging saturated fats. Try eating at least two eight- to 12-ounce servings of oily fish every week. Be on the lookout for these other foods that can actually help unclog your arteries.
Here’s how to prevent stroke by lowering your “bad” LDL cholesterol: Warm up a steaming bowl of oatmeal! High cholesterol causes plaque to start building up in the blood vessels around the brain, upping the risk of ischemic stroke, which is the most common type. If you have multiple risks of heart disease, aim to get your LDL cholesterol lower than 100 mg/dl. Aiming for 20 grams of soluble fiber a day to get your cholesterol in check. Start your day right with a 3/4-cup serving of oatmeal, which packs in about 15 percent of your daily recommended soluble fiber. Here are the worst eating habits for your cholesterol.