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Preventing Stroke

What are risk factors and preventive care?

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of having a stroke. You cannot change some risk factors for stroke. But some, you can.

Changing risk factors that you can control will help you live a longer, healthier life. This is called preventive care.

An important way to help prevent stroke is to see your doctor for regular physical exams. Your doctor will want to see you at least once a year. Ask your doctor when you should come in for an exam.

Risk factors you cannot change

You cannnot change some risk factors or causes of stroke:

Blood clots from the heart may travel to the brain and cause a stroke. This may happen in people with

Changes to your lifestyle

You can change some risk factors for stroke, by taking the following steps:

Eating healthy is good for your heart and can help lower your risk of stroke.

Read labels and stay away from unhealthy fats. Avoid foods with:

Medical problems may lead to stroke

Control your cholesterol and diabetes with a healthy diet, exercise, and medicines if needed.

If you have high blood pressure:

Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking birth control pills.

Your doctor may suggest taking aspirin or another drug called clopidogrel (Plavix) to help prevent blood clots from forming. DO NOT take aspirin without talking to your doctor first.


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