Stroke Prevention: Lower Your Risk Starting Today

Know your stroke risk factors and start addressing them to lower your chances now.

In the United States and across the globe, the prevalence of stroke is rising among young adults, making it critical that everyone understand their risk factors and how that risk can be lowered or, in many cases, prevented.

Anyone can take steps now that will begin to lower their risk, which include — according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion — quitting smoking, managing blood pressure, keeping body weight and blood sugar level in a normal range, eating healthy, and staying active.

A healthy heart helps lower the risk as well.

The American Stroke Association/American Heart Association describes the link between heart health and stroke risk as significant. Common forms of heart disease, such as coronary heart disease, angina, and atrial fibrillation, along with a history of heart disease, more than double the risk of a stroke occurring.

A more recent risk factor has been a COVID-19 diagnosis, which increases the risk of the formation of blood clots, which as a result increases the risk of a stroke.

Abuse of drugs and alcohol also significantly raise one’s risk.

Excessive alcohol use increases the likelihood of other stroke risk factors: diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation. Drug abuse raises blood pressure, the leading stroke risk factor.

Anyone looking for ways to lower their risk for stroke can make lifestyle changes to avoid these risk factors and become more in line with activities and choices that make positive contributions to their overall health.


What’s your risk?

Visit the American Stroke Association to determine your risk for stroke.

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Lower your risk today

Make an appointment with a McLaren primary care physician to start addressing and lowering your stroke risk factors today.

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