Ways to Reduce Stroke Risks
Reduce stroke risks by taking action:
- Get immediate medical follow-up for any stroke symptoms, even if they go away.
- Quit smoking; ask your doctor for help
- Improve food choices to keep cholesterol low
- Control high blood pressure, check it regularly
- Monitor and control diabetes
- Take medication as prescribed
- If you have trouble taking your medication for any reason, talk with your health care professional
- Control your weight
- Limit alcohol use
- Keep to no more than two drinks per day for men, one drink for women who are not pregnant
- Do not use illegal drugs or abuse any drugs; get help to quit
- Find de-stressing activities you enjoy
- Learn your family history of stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease
- Talk with your health care professional about your stroke risk
Abington Health offers many classes, support groups and events to help you make healthful changes and manage your conditions. Ideas for Healthier Living has contact information for groups and services.
For an appointment with a Neurosciences Institute specialist, call our Physician Referral Service, 215-481-MEDI (6334).