Stroke Q&As

Often asked questions about preventing a stroke:

  1. Why does the NHS say,
“High blood pressure puts you at high risk of having a stroke”?
2. What is my personal risk of getting a stroke in the next 10 years?
3. Why are regular exercise, a sensible diet,  and not smoking all important?
4. If you have diabetes, how can good blood sugars control reduce your health risks? [4].
5. Is there a good stroke Helpline? And somewhere I can talk with others like me who have had a stroke?
6. If my heart seems to be beating very fast sometimes, is this dangerous? What should I do? There are several ways to help control your heart beats, depending on your other health conditions, so see your GP if you notice a sudden change in them.  At rest, a normal heart rate should be 60 to 100 beats per minute.
7. In ‘atrial fibrillation’ (AF), the heart rate can often be much higher than 100 beats per minute, and each individual beat can be different. It is important to identify AF early, as people with undetected AF are at risk of experiencing an AF related stroke. See NHS advice for the public on AF.
 
8. Watch video: How do statins prevent heart attacks and strokes? (by BHF)
9. Want a look at other NHS answers on avoiding a stroke?
10. How to get the best from your doctor/GP?
Actions?  If you take decisions on your next steps, using the answers to these questions, recommend writing them into your draft personal healthcare plan,  for discussion with your doctor/GP.

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