According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demographic factors such as family history, age, sex, and
race/ethnicity can all play a role in an individual's stroke risk.
Regardless of your background, however, there are several things you can
do to lower your chances of having a stroke.
Appropriate Aspirin therapy
Ask your doctor if taking aspirin is right for you.
Blood pressure control
Keeping your blood pressure under control reduces your risk of
heart attack and stroke. More than half of the world's stroke deaths
are caused by elevated blood pressure levels.
Get your cholesterol checked regularly and manage it with diet and physical activity or with medication, if needed.
Get help at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
Eat a healthy diet that's low in sodium.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Prevent or control diabetes.
Limit your alcohol intake (fewer than two drinks per day for men, or one drink per day for women).
To learn more about recognizing the signs of a stroke, the side effects of a stroke, or access to podcasts and publications related to strokes, please view to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's highly informative Stroke Awareness page.