Prevention Tips

80% of strokes can be prevented. Follow Life’s Simple 7 and Help Prevent a Stroke

Stethoscope illustrationManage Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the No. 1 risk factor for stroke and has no risk symptoms. Check your blood pressure on a regular basis and take steps to control your blood pressure.

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FruitEat Healthy

Choosing healthy meal and snack options can help you avoid stroke and its complications. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber. Limit salt or sodium.

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Illustration of cartoon heart runningGet Active

Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.

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No Smoking icon Stop Smoking

Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for stroke. So, if you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk.

For help with quitting, please call The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), go to HawaiiQuitline.org, or click here.

Cholesterol scale illustrationManage Cholesterol

Have your cholesterol checked by your health care provider at least once every five years.

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Blood glucose test illustrationControl Blood Sugar

If you have diabetes, closely monitor your blood sugar levels. Get your blood sugar tested and under control.

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Scale and tape measure illustrationLose Weight

A healthy weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) can lead to better health benefits like regulation of your blood pressure.

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Clipboard checklist illustrationOther Tips:

  • Limit alcohol use
  • Take your medicine to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes as directed
  • Talk with your health care provider about a plan to treat the medical conditions that may lead to stroke.

 

For more information, please go to: http://www.strokeassociation.org/idc/groups/stroke-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_309712.pdf

Citation: American Stroke Association (2018). Retrieved from https://brainhealth.strokeassociation.org/