- Try a little lemon balm. One study found that it improved anxiety, nervousness, and sleep disturbances in 90% of patients.
- Listen to relaxing music at night, which has been shown to reduce your heart rate and blood pressure and may help decrease nightmares.
American Heart Association answered:
Knowing your risk for stroke is the first step in preventing stroke. You can change or treat some risk factors, but others you can’t. By having regular medical checkups and knowing your risk, you can focus on what you can change and lower your risk of stroke.
• High blood pressure. This is the single most important risk factor for stroke because it’s the No. 1 cause of stroke. Know your blood pressure and have it checked at least once every two years. If it’s consistently 140/90 or above, it’s high. Talk to your doctor about how to bring it down.
• Tobacco use. Don’t smoke cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco. Tobacco use damages blood vessels.
• Diabetes mellitus. Having diabetes increases your risk of stroke because it can cause disease of blood vessels in the brain. If you have diabetes, work with your doctor to manage diabetes and reduce other risk factors.
• Carotid or other artery disease. The carotid arteries in your neck supply most of the blood to your brain. A carotid artery damaged by a fatty buildup of plaque inside the artery wall may become blocked by a blood clot, causing a stroke.
• TIAs. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are “mini strokes” that produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting effects. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce the risk of a major stroke.
• Atrial fibrillation or other heart disease. In atrial fibrillation the heart’s upper chambers quiver rather than beating effectively. This causes the blood to pool and clot, increasing the risk of stroke. People with other types of heart disease have a higher risk of stroke, too.
• Certain blood disorders. A high red blood cell count makes clots more likely, raising the risk of stroke. Sickle cell anemia increases stroke risk because the “sickled” cells stick to blood vessel walls and may block arteries.