August 21, 2014
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Stroke Risk Reduction

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Stroke risk factors you can control

There are many stroke risk factors that you can control:

Lifestyle factors:

  • being overweight (use the body mass index [BMI] calculator to see if you are overweight)
  • eating an unhealthy diet (low in fruits and vegetables and high in fat and sodium)
  • not getting enough exercise (this applies only to people whose doctor has given them approval to exercise. For these people, current guidelines recommend 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on 4 to 7 days of the week. Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program or becoming more physically active)
  • smoking
  • drinking too much alcohol (more than 2 drinks per day or 10 drinks per week for women or more than 3 drinks per day or 15 drinks per week for men)
  • stress

Making a few simple lifestyle changes can help you reduce your stroke risk.

Medical conditions:

Getting these medical conditions under control can go a long way toward reducing the risk of a stroke.

Some people may have other risk factors for stroke. Talk to your doctor to find out if you're at risk of a stroke, and what you can do to reduce your risk.

To find out your risk of a stroke in the next 10 years, use the stroke risk assessment calculator.


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