“Boost Potassium Intake to Cut Stroke by 20%”

Your mother said to eat your veggies; Dr. Mom was right!

Reports Medscape Cardiology:

… higher dietary consumption of this mineral is associated with lower rates of stroke and could also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease…

Dr Pasquale Strazzullo (University of Naples Medical School, Italy), told heartwire that it is important to convey this to clinicians: “Most doctors are not aware of what huge benefits one might derive from this measure,” he observes.

But doctors must also be careful not to confuse patients with too much detail on different nutrients, he says. Simple advice to eat more fruits and vegetables, in particular those that are very rich in potassium–including bananas, tomatoes, oranges, apricots, and most legumes–is probably best, he says. “The most practical advice we can give is that people should have five or six servings of fruit and vegetables a day,” he says.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, overweight and obesity are associated with higher rates of stroke.  Personally, I’d rather have a heart attack than a stroke.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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