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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. 

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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