Risk Factors for a StrokeStroke prevention is still the best medicine. Learn about risk factors for a stroke and how to manage them. The most important, treatable conditions linked to stroke are:
Atrial Fibrillation. Manage It. Your doctor can treat your atrial fibrillation and may prescribe medication to help prevent the formation of clots. If you are over 50, you and your doctor should make a decision about aspirin therapy. Learn about treating atrial fibrillation.Diabetes. Control It. Managing your blood sugar can decrease your risks for stroke. Learn about diabetes. High Blood Pressure. Treat It. Eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise to reduce blood pressure. Discuss medications with your physician. High Cholesterol. Lower It. Diet, exercise, and medication therapy can reduce your cholesterol and lower your risk for atherosclerosis. Smoking. Quit. Medical help is available to quit. Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs). Seek Help. TIA’s are “mini strokes” which last less than 24 hours. Treatment can help prevent more TIA’s or a larger stroke.