Having a stroke is one of the most frightening prospects of aging. Strokes can come on suddenly, stealing the use of an arm or the ability to speak. A stroke can be fatal or leave us permanently disabled.
About half of all strokes are caused by atherosclerosis -- the same process of narrowing and hardening of the arteries that causes heart attacks. Atherosclerosis progresses silently, without symptoms, putting our brains and our independence at risk.
Reducing the risk factors for atherosclerosis...
If you've had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), you may need further testing and treatment after you've been checked by your doctor. If you have a high risk of stroke, you may have to stay in the hospital for treatment.
Your treatment for a TIA may include taking medicines to prevent a stroke or having surgery to reopen narrow arteries.
Taking aspirin or another antiplatelet medicine to
diabetes. Your doctor will advise that you try to keep
your blood sugar levels in a target range. To do this, you may
need to take oral medicines or insulin. Eating a healthy diet and getting
plenty of exercise will also help.
Getting a flu shot every year to
help you avoid getting sick from the
You may also need to make lifestyle changes such
as quitting smoking, eating heart-healthy foods, and being more active.