What dietary guidelines should survivors of ischemic stroke follow?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Ischemic stroke is associated with vascular dementia; stroke survivors have almost double the rate of dementia than the general population. Patients may be helped by following the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet, according to a 2018 study. [142] The diet may help prevent dementia as well. [143]

The MIND diet recommends at least three servings of whole grains a day and six servings of green leafy vegetables and two servings of berries a week, and it encourages regular consumption of other vegetables, fish, poultry, beans, and nuts. As well, it recommends olive oil as the primary oil and alcohol once per day. The diet restricts intake of red meats, fast foods, cheese, desserts, and butter.

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