8 ways to prevent strokes

1. Top 3 reasons for having a stroke? High blood pressure, high blood pressure and high blood pressure [1]. 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 [42] and kidney diseases.   Half those who have high blood pressure are not receiving any treatment [33].  Important for your health, so next page is about how to manage your blood pressure better.

Source: PHE 0917

[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].

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3. If you smoke, stop now, using a free NHS local stop smoking service. Stop smoking options: Public Health England guidance, August 2018.

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]

5. If also at risk of diabetes, follow how to prevent yourself getting diabetes. If you already have diabetes, better blood sugars reduce your risks of a stroke [4].

6. Want to know more about preventing yourself having a stroke, what it is like to have a stroke and its problems? Old man3 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 [42]. Everyone with suspected stroke should receive a brain scan within an hour.

Look at other often asked questions & answers about stroke.

page updated 26 Sept. 2018.  © 2018 social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.

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