Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

What lifestyle factors can an individual control to help prevent stroke?

We often find that most stroke patients have preventable risk factors. The No. 1 preventable risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. It's important to work with your doctor to control your blood pressure.

There are other lifestyle modifications that can decrease your risk for stroke or another vascular event. Some of those choices involve diet. We can change to a low-fat diet. Utilizing more fish is a way to help decrease our cholesterol.

Exercise is very important, not only for physical activity but for mind health, too. Exercising several times a week can also reduce your cardiovascular risk.

Other healthy choices we can make to reduce our risk of having a vascular event include avoiding excessive alcohol use, not smoking and no drug use.

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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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