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.
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
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
Learn more about stroke recovery.