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.