When you’ve had a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack), it’s likely that you’re at risk of another. The good news is you have the power to reduce that risk. There are things you can do, such as eating right, taking your medicines as prescribed and being as physically active as you’re able. Here are some important things to keep in mind from The American Stroke Association:
High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for stroke. Work with your health care provider to bring your blood pressure to goal.
Have your cholesterol checked regularly. Medication and healthy lifestyle habits can help lower your cholesterol levels.
Have your blood sugar tested. Some people have diabetes and don’t know it until something, like a stroke, happens.
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of stroke. If you smoke, talk with your health care provider about how to quit.
Physical activity reduces the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and maybe a stroke itself. It can also improve recovery. Your health care team can help with a plan that’s right for you.
If you drink alcohol, limit it to one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men.