Just like with heart attacks, strokes are a problem with blood vessels. You may not be able to "prevent" a stroke, but just like with heart attacks, there are things you can do so you are less likely to have a stroke.
Talk with your doctor about your personal stroke risk. Some conditions (like being African-American or having abnormal heart rhythms) increase your risk of stroke. Together, you can figure out ways to lower your stroke risk.
Follow these steps to reduce your risk of stroke.
Knowing these important numbers about yourself is the first step.
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Smoking doubles your risk of stroke. It damages blood vessel walls, speeds up artery clogging, raises blood pressure and makes your heart work harder.
One of the best resources to quit is the state-level tobacco quit line. We are fortunate to have excellent tobacco quit lines available to our patients in both Oregon and Washington which can be reached using the same toll-free number (1-800-QUIT-NOW). You can learn more by going online to their websites:
For smokers ready to quit, download this information brochure.
And, for those smokers not quite ready, download this information brochure.
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.