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How is a Stroke Prevented?
While strokes are difficult to predict, high blood pressure (hypertension) serves as a warning sign of blockage within the body’s network of blood vessels. High blood pressure is the most common risk factor for a hemorrhagic stroke.
If you have high blood pressure, high blood pressure, or other conditions that increase the risk of stroke, it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions for the treatment of the condition(s).
- Take blood pressure medication as prescribed by your doctor.
- Control cholesterol levels with statin medications.
- Take anticoagulant drug therapy to prevent dangerous clotting.
- Make heart-healthy lifestyle changes, like eating a diet low in animal fat, losing weight, exercising, and quitting smoking.
- Treat type 2 diabetes. The disease more than doubles the risk of stroke.
- Drink only moderately. Excessive alcohol consumption greatly increases the risk of having a stroke, particularly in women.
- Follow a healthy sleep routine. Sleep disorders are associated with an increased risk of stroke.
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