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Understanding Stroke -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent a Stroke?

Measures that reduce the chances of stroke are the same as those for avoiding a heart attack. Adopt habits that promote cardiovascular health and deter atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The essentials of a healthy lifestyle include a balanced diet; controlling weight; monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels; limiting alcohol; and not smoking.

A few other tips to prevent stroke:

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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Stroke

Since you've recently had a stroke, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit. 1. How soon can I expect to recover after my stroke? 2. How will having a stroke change what I can and can't do? 3. Will I need to change my diet? What foods should I be avoiding or eating more of? 4. Are there any other lifestyle changes I should make? 5. Would physical or occupational therapy be helpful? Can you make a referral? 6. Are there any medications I should take to help me during my recovery? 7...

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If your risk of stroke is high because of severe atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, or a history of heart disease, or previous strokes -- you should see a doctor regularly. Your doctor may advise taking an aspirin a day to thin blood and prevent the formation of blood clots.

For people who have partial obstruction of a carotid artery -- the artery in the neck that provides blood supply to the brain -- a surgery called a carotid endarterectomy may be an option to prevent a stroke or TIA. This procedure involves the removal of fat and plaque buildup from these arteries.

If diagnosed early, because of warning signs of a problem, a carotid aneurysm can be repaired, preventing a possible stroke.

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on February 28, 2015
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