Stroke Prevention

The best way to treat a stroke is to prevent it.

There are two categories of risk factors when it comes to stroke, controllable and uncontrollable. While certain individuals have a greater likelihood of having a stroke, individual lifestyle decisions can reduce your risk of stroke.

What we can’t change:

Age. As you get older your risk of stroke goes up.
Gender. Males are at a higher risk.
Race. African-Americans have a higher incidence of high blood pressure, making them more susceptible to hemorrhagic stroke.
Genetics. Having a family history of stroke increases your chances.
Personal history. Diabetes increases your risk for a stroke.

What we can change:

Tobacco Use. It’s the number one preventable cause of serious illness.
Poor Diet. Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, and Cholesterol will increases risk of stroke.
Inactive Lifestyle. Obesity is a major risk factor.
High Blood Pressure. An easily identifiable risk. Get yourself checked.
Heavy Alcohol Use. Increases blood pressure.

Simple lifestyle choices can greatly reduce your risks of stroke. Eating low-fat foods, exercising regularly and limiting tobacco use are just some ways you can lower your possibility of stroke. Prescribed medicine and other various over-the-counter drugs can also reduce stroke risk in some people. Talk to your health care provider about ways you can reduce your risk.