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Preventing Stroke

There are a number of risk factors for stroke:

  • Age - Incidence of stroke rises sharply after age 65.
  • Race - African Americans have a higher incidence of stroke.
  • Gender - Males have a higher incidence of stroke overall.
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure (diastolic blood pressure > 90).
  • Family history
  • Prior stroke or TIA.
  • Smoking
  • Asumptomatic carotid bruit - narrowing of the artery carrying blood to the brain.

Preventing a stroke

Stroke is a symptom of vascular disease. Most, though certainly not all strokes are a build up of damaging plaque in the blood vessels. You can take steps to reduce the build up of plaque, including:

  • If you are diabetic, control blood glucose levels.
  • If you suffer from high blood pressure, treating the high blood pressure.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • If you suffer high cholesterol levels, lower those levels.
  • Exercise.
  • If you are overweight, lose weight