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If you are at risk for stroke—or have already had one—there are steps you can take to help prevent having one. Try to:

  • Lower your blood pressure if it is high and be sure to keep track of your number
  • Get tested for diabetes
  • Eat a healthy diet with little to no salt
  • Don't smoke and avoid secondhand smoke
  • Stay active
  • Get to and maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep up with your doctor's visits and learn what your numbers mean, especially if your blood pressure is high
  • Always take your medications as directed

Remember: Know the warning signs of a stroke and be prepared to seek medical attention right away.

Did You Know?

  • Men are more likely to have a stroke, but more women are more likely to die from it.
  • Women tend to have more atypical symptoms such as sudden face, arm or leg pain, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath and a racing heart.
  • Stroke is more disabling and deadly in African Americans.
  • Two-thirds of all strokes occur in people older than 65.
  • Last Edited 05/31/2015