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About Stroke

Preventing Stroke

There is much that can be done to reduce your risk of a first stroke, or a further stroke.

  • Know the warning signs so that you can act fast. New treatments for blood clots are very effective but have to be undertaken very quickly after first symptoms. Call 999 immediately and explain the symptoms. For more information about what to look for, see the Act FAST campaign.
  • Adopt a healthy life style;
    • Give up smoking
    • Only drink alcohol in moderation
    • Eat healthily
    • Avoid being overweight
    • Take exercise
  • Know if you are at increased risk and take regular medical advice to monitor and control your risk factors. Among those at risk are people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, an irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation) and diabetes. If you have any of these conditions, make sure you take medical advice and are monitored.
However, the cause of some strokes cannot be anticipated or prevented. Do not feel guilty that you have had a stroke and let a sense of regret hold you back from putting effort into re-building your future. But if changes to your lifestyle are needed, it is always worth making these, however late in life.