Preventing Another Stroke
If you have suffered a stroke already, you are at greater risk for suffering another stroke, one with a higher rate of disability or death. But you can take steps towards a healthier lifestyle and possibly preventing a recurrent stroke. For you and your loved ones, do what you can to stop stroke.
Visit stroke.org and search the term STARS to learn more about the Steps Against Recurrent Stroke program. You can also contact the National Stroke Association for information on this program by calling: 1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6537)
Once you have suffered a stroke, you are 10 times more likely to suffer an additional stroke. Whether or not you have already suffered a stroke, taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle can play a big part in decreasing your risk for having a stroke in the future. Some things you can do immediately include the following.
• Stop smoking
• Engage in physical activity on a regular basis
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Eat a healthy diet.; this includes a low sodium diet if you have high blood pressure.
• Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
• If you have a heart condition, including valve disease or irregular heartbeat (called a-fib or atrial fibrillation) work with your physician to monitor and control it.
• Take medication as directed by your physician.