What are the AHA/ASA guidelines for primary prevention of stroke related to obesity in childhood?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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In 2010, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) issued guidelines for the primary prevention of stroke. A few of the recommendations were as follows [45] :

  • Diet and nutrition: A diet that is low in sodium and high in potassium is recommended to reduce blood pressure; diets that promote the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)–style diet help lower blood pressure and may lower risk of stroke

  • Physical inactivity: Increasing physical activity is associated with a reduction in the risk of stroke; the goal is to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on a daily basis

  • Obesity and body fat distribution: Weight reduction among overweight and obese persons is recommended to reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke


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