Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

After someone has a stroke, what can be done to reduce their risk of another stroke?

Once you have had a stroke, you are at a higher risk of having another stroke, according to the Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

One in four stroke survivors has another stroke within 5 years, according to the CDC. After having a “mini stroke” – a transient ischemic attack (TIA) – your risk of having a stroke can be as high as 17 percent, with the greatest risk during the first week.

The best way to try to help prevent having another stroke is to focus on the issue that caused the first stroke, according to the CDC. Underlying issues could include heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation.

You doctor can recommend the best path for you to improve your health to avoid another stroke, which could include, lifestyle changes, medication and/or surgery, according to the CDC.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how to help prevent another stroke.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices