Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

What can I do to help prevent a stroke?

Dr. John Terry explains can be done to help prevent a stroke. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


About 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented, according to the American Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon. It’s important to know the risk factors of stroke so you can take steps to reduce that risk. High blood pressure is the most important risk to control, as it causes more than half of all strokes, according to the ASA.

According to National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon, the following are common risk factors for stroke:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking

Stopping smoking and controlling conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are important steps to take in preventing a stroke, according to the NIH.

For more information about stroke prevention, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; John Terry, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Elizabeth Marriott, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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