1. Top 3 reasons for having a stroke? High blood pressure, high blood pressure and high blood pressure . Your blood pressure, if normal, can protect you.
One person in every 3 adults has high blood pressure. This can lead to heart diseases, strokes, dementia  and kidney diseases. Half those who have high blood pressure are not receiving any treatment . Important for your health, so next page is about how to manage your blood pressure better.
[Source: Public Health England, Jan. 2017]
2. Want to check your personal risk of getting a stroke or heart disease in the next 10 years now? Takes just a few minutes, using latest UK research and tool ‘QRisk 3‘ [2017, ref. 16].
4. Improve your lifestyle, with a healthier diet, less alcohol, more exercise, (so lose weight), cut down on caffeine, reduce the salt you eat, and, get a good night’s sleep. “Lifestyle management is the main reason for high blood pressure, and we have to come to grips with it.” [Nov. 2017, 35]
6. Want to know more about preventing yourself having a stroke, what it is like to have a stroke and its problems? Look at Jim Whyte’s video story.
7. See your GP if:
- You notice a sudden change in your heartbeat,
- If your heart rate is often lower than 60 or above 100, particularly if you’re experiencing other symptoms of atrial fibrillation, such as dizziness or shortness of breath.
- You have chest pain.
8. Go to hospital after a suspected stroke. NHS Choices tells you about tests in hospital to confirm the diagnosis, find the cause, and brain scans to find which part of the brain is affected . Everyone with suspected stroke should receive a brain scan within an hour.
page updated 26 Sept. 2018. © 2018 social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.