Know Stroke Prevention

Conditions that can cause stroke are very common among African Americans. The best treatment for stroke is prevention. You can reduce your risk of having a stroke by taking action to improve your health.

What can you do to prevent a stroke?

While family history of stroke plays a role in your risk, there are many risk factors you can control.

  • If you have high blood pressure, work with your doctor to get it under control.
  • Many people do not realize they have high blood pressure, which usually produces no symptoms but is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • Managing your high blood pressure is the most important thing you can do to avoid stroke.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • If you have diabetes, learn how to manage it. As with high blood pressure, diabetes usually causes no symptoms but it increases the chance of stroke.
  • If you are overweight, start maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

Where Can You Learn More About Stroke?

Talk to your doctor about your personal risk factors for having a stroke. For more information about stroke prevention and treatment, call the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at 1-800-352-9424.

Information provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This material is information purposes. Advice on the treatment or care of an individual patient should be obtained through consultation with a physician who has examined a patient or is familiar with a patient's medical history.

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Manage your diabetes

Eat right

Control blood pressure

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