Individuals of all age, race and gender are susceptible to stroke. However, the odds of an individual having a stroke or recurrent stroke increase if that individual has certain risk factors for stroke, or criteria that commonly cause stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from suffering a stroke is to understand the risk factors for stroke that add to your personal risk and how to manage them.
Individuals who have suffered a stroke are at greater risk of suffering a recurrent stroke. The good news for stroke sufferers is that there are numerous steps that can be taken to prevent a recurrent stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, approximately 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year and about 185,000 of those strokes are recurrent strokes. Within 5 years of a first stroke, a survivor’s risk for another stroke can increase more than 40 percent. At least 25 to 35 percent of individuals who have a stroke each year will have another stroke in their lifetime.
This blog post will provide tips for managing and preventing recurrent strokes including quitting smoking, managing high blood pressure, managing cholesterol, keeping diabetes under control, managing atrial fibrillation, eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity and controlling alcohol use.
Smoking doubles the risk of a stroke survivor having a recurrent stroke. Quitting smoking greatly reduces the chances a stroke survivor will suffer a recurrent stroke.
Managing High Blood Pressure
Managing high blood pressure is widely considered to be the most important risk factor for stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, individuals with high blood pressure have a risk of stroke that is more than 4 to 6 times greater than individuals who consistently have an optimal blood pressure reading of 120/80.
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