PreventionDid you know that as many as 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented? Knowing your risk factors is an important first step in managing your health to avoid a stroke. Regular visits with your physician and certain screenings can also help you stay healthy and reduce your risk of stroke.
Are you at risk for stroke?You can try our quick stroke risk assessment to see if you are at risk for a stroke.
Pay close attention to these health indicators and have regular check-ups with your doctor to reduce your risk of stroke.
- High Blood Pressure – Check blood pressure periodically and, if over 120/80, see your doctor. If you have high blood pressure, take your medications as prescribed.
- Heart Disease – Find out if you have heart disease, especially irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation.
- Sedentary Lifestyle – Include some form of exercise in your daily activities.
- Diabetes – If you have diabetes, work to control your blood sugar levels.
- Smoking – If you smoke, get help to stop.
- High Cholesterol – Keep your cholesterol level within normal limits with diet and/or medication.
- Alcohol Intake – Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation.
- Diet – Enjoy a lower sodium, lower fat diet for better health.
- Low-cost, high-tech screenings
- Order a free stroke prevention and education toolkit
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