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 also lead to heart diseases, strokes, dementia and kidney diseases.   Half those who have high blood pressure are not receiving any treatment [33].  Very important for your health, so next is a page on 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, 16].

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3. If you smoke, stop now, using a free NHS local stop smoking service.


4.  Improve your lifestyle, with a healthier diet, less alcohol,  lose weight, more exercise, 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. Everyone with suspected stroke should receive a brain scan within an hour of arriving at hospital.

Look at other often asked questions & answers about stroke.

page updated 29 July 2018.  © 2018 social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.

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