Stroke Prevention

Stroke is the number one cause of disability and number three cause of death in the U.S. But up to 80% of strokes can be prevented.

Strokes can be prevented with some simple, healthy habits and by managing your personal risk factors.

Talk with your health care provider about your own risk factors and lifestyle. Get started with the tips below, from the National Stroke Association.

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High blood pressure and stroke

Know your numbers

Knowing these important numbers about yourself is the first step. If you don't know your numbers, we can help. Learn more about our Know Your Numbers screening.

  • Blood pressure: High blood pressure is a major stroke risk factor if left untreated. Have blood pressure checked yearly by a doctor or at health fairs, a local pharmacy or supermarket or with an automatic blood pressure machine.
  • Cholesterol: Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the blood that is made by the body. It also comes in food. High cholesterol levels can clog arteries and cause a stroke. See a doctor if your total cholesterol level is more than 200.
  • Blood sugar. High blood sugar is a sign of diabetes. Many people with diabetes have health problems that are also stroke risk factors. A doctor and dietician can help manage diabetes.
  • Weight. Extra weight strains the circulatory system and can contribute to a stroke.

Exercise and eat a healthy diet

  • Exercise five times a week.
  • Eat a diet low in calories, salt, saturated and trans fats and cholesterol.
  • Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

 

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Stop smoking

Smoking doubles your risk of stroke. It damages blood vessel walls, speeds up artery clogging, raises blood pressure and makes your heart work harder.

Drink in moderation

Alcohol use has been linked to stroke in many studies. Most doctors recommend not drinking or drinking only in moderation - no more than two drinks each day.