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Stroke Rehabilitation - Preventing Another Stroke

There are several things you cannot change that increase your risk of stroke. But there are also several things you have some control over that can help you avoid another stroke, including:

To prevent another stroke and to stay in good health, you may need to take medicines and you may need to make lifestyle changes. These changes may include:

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Stroke Prevention Lifestyle Tips

If you've had a stroke, preventing a second stroke is a top priority. "The risk of a stroke is tenfold higher in someone who has had a stroke in the past," says Larry B. Goldstein, MD, professor of medicine (neurology) and director of the Duke Stroke Center in Durham, N.C. Prevention of a second stroke starts by addressing conditions that caused the first stroke, such as atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm that can cause blood to clot) or narrowing of a carotid artery in the neck. Treatment...

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  • Getting regular exercise that increases your breathing and your heartbeat.
  • Limiting your intake of caffeine, animal fats, sugars, and processed foods.
  • Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber foods.
  • Quitting the use of tobacco products.
  • Limiting your alcohol consumption.

These simple steps may help you live a longer, healthier life. It is never too late to enjoy the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices. They can reduce your risk for another stroke and can also help prevent a heart attack and many other health problems. Talk with your doctor or other members of your rehab team to find out what type of exercise, diet, or other lifestyle choices are best for you.

If you or your loved one has already had a stroke, you need to watch carefully for symptoms of another stroke. Immediate medical attention and treatment may help prevent or reduce permanent brain damage. If signs of a stroke develop suddenly, call 911 or other emergency services immediately. For more information on stroke symptoms and when to seek medical attention, see the topic Stroke.


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Last Updated: October 26, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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