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Stroke Prevention

You can be at risk for stroke regardless of your age or gender. Women are more likely to die from a stroke than men, and women between the ages of 45-54 are more likely to suffer a stroke than men in the same age group. Additionally, the number of strokes in young and middle-aged people are on the rise. 

Stroke Risk Factors

Eighty percent of strokes are preventable, according to the American Stroke Association. Talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors. Risk factors include:

  • Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Not being active
  • Obesity
  • Poor circulation
  • Smoking

Preventing Stroke

Smoking, obesity, heavy drinking, high blood pressure — all can play a role, as can conditions such as heart disease.

You can make lifestyle changes that can help reduce your chance of getting a stroke.

Diet & Exercise

Consider the following:

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Limit salt and fat
  • Increase your consumption of fish
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation: no more than 1-2 drinks per day
The American Heart Association recommends that you exercise at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes five times per week.

Manage Medical Conditions

You can try to prevent a stroke by:

  • Checking your blood pressure and working with your primary care provider to keep it in safe range 
  • Taking a low dose of aspirin
  • Keeping chronic medical conditions under control, including high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Talking to your doctor about the use of statins, which can help prevent certain kinds of strokes in some people
  • Seeking medical care if you have symptoms of a stroke, even if the symptoms stop
  • Talking to your doctor about your drug usage 

Stroke Prevention After a First Stroke

We're able to provide further stroke prevention after an initial event. Our preventive techniques may involve:

  • A balloon angioplasty or stents in the blood vessels in the neck
  • A carotid endarterectomy, in which the blood vessel is opened and the stroke-causing legion is removed
We may perform these techniques to treat narrowing of the blood vessels of the brain.

Learn more about stroke recovery.

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