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Stroke Prevention

Here are some steps you can take for better stroke prevention:

  • Control your blood pressure. High blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke and heart disease. 120/80 or less is optimal.
  • Find out if you have atrial fibrillation.
  • Find a healthy outlet for stress, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.
  • Exercise regularly at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
  • Eat plenty of low-fat, high-fiber foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
  • Don’t smoke. If you do, quit!
  • If you have narrowed arteries, your doctor may suggest anti-clotting medications such as aspirin or a prescription drug to reduce the chance of clots. Surgical procedures, such as carotid endarterectomies and carotid stenting, are sometimes used to widen narrowed vessels in the neck.
  • If you have diabetes, take steps to control it. This disease can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of stroke.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink moderately.
  • Know the symptoms of stroke.
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