Stroke Risk Factors
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING TO ME AGAIN?
KNOW YOUR RISK FACTORS AND MAKE CHANGES TO HELP DECREASE YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING ANOTHER STROKE!
RISK FACTORS YOU CAN CHANGE:
- High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke.
- If you are diabetic, watch your blood sugar.
- Don’t smoke. If you smoke, stop. Get your doctor’s help. You don’t have to go it alone.
- If you have high cholesterol, make diet changes and take any medicine the doctor has prescribed
- If you have heart rhythm disturbances like atrial fibrillation, you are at greater risk for stroke. Be sure to take the ‘blood thinning’ medicine your doctor gives you.
- Try to lose those ‘few extra pounds’. Controlling your weight will reduce your risk for stroke, lower your cholesterol and control your diabetes.
- TIA’s are often called mini-strokes. This is a temporary interruption to the blood flow to the brain, and warns you that you are at risk for having a larger stroke. Report this to your doctor and get screened for stroke.
- Carotid artery disease. The arteries in your neck can become blocked causing lack of blood flow to the brain and cause a stroke.
RISK FACTORS WE CAN'T CHANGE
- Family History. If your mother or father had a stroke you are more at risk for having one also. Knowing that someone in your family has had a stroke makes it easier for you to identify that you need to make the lifestyle changes to prevent stroke.
- If you have had a stroke yourself it puts you at greater risk for having another. Follow your doctors recommendations for decreasing your risks and take your medicines as prescribed.
- If you are of African American descent you are at greater risk for stroke. This is because conditions that can cause stroke are very common in African Americans. The best treatment for stroke is prevention. You can improve your risk by making the changes to improve your health.