Stroke - Prevention

Stroke prevention involves two separate issues. One issue is keeping the patient alive after a stroke. If a stroke patient is treated quickly, chances of survival are much greater. Everyone should become familiar with the symptoms of stroke. When those symptoms appear, a person should seek medical advice as quickly as possible. In many cases, local 911 services may need to be called immediately.

A second issue in prevention is reducing one's risk for the condition. Some steps that one can take to this end include:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Bring blood pressure under control.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Keep body weight down.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Get regular medical checkups and follow the doctor's advice regarding diet and medicines.

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