10 Ways to Prevent a Stroke

Learn how to reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Happy mature woman with senior man in blur background

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the number one cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Over the course of a lifetime, stroke affects an estimated four out of five families. Although these statistics sound dire, take heart: With these strategies, you can help your parents reduce their risk -- and reduce your own at the same time.

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Control blood pressure.

High blood pressure means a high risk of stroke. If one of your parents has been diagnosed with prehypertension (120/80 to 139/89) or hypertension (140/90 mm Hg or higher), his blood pressure should be treated. The doctor will prescribe the appropriate medications, but your parent's blood pressure needs regular monitoring. Although it can be a bit tricky to use, an inexpensive manual cuff (starting at about $12 at your local drugstore) is a great way to monitor blood pressure at home. But if you can't get the hang of using it, you may want to consider investing in a blood pressure machine, which is a bit more expensive (between $70 and $150); it's also available at your local drugstore.


almost 2 years ago, said...

I am working as a personal assistant and it's been very stressful for me I'm thinking of quitting my job what do you think and I've also created a rash in my body six months after working for this person and he is very difficult to work with please give me any comments.


over 2 years ago, said...

My husband smokes about 2 packs of cigarettes a day, drinks at least a6 pack of beer a day, has high blood pressure, takes 3 different meds for that, takes muscle relaxers, has a bad temper, lays in bed most of day, refuses to eat healthy, Father had a Heart attack years ago, Mother has heart problems. What are my Husbands health ricks?


about 3 years ago, said...

Great article


almost 4 years ago, said...

also diGiorno and Fraschetta frozen pizzas have Partially hydrogenated oil. I can't eat them. I wish these 2 companies would get with it and stop it so we can enjoy good frozen pizzas again.


almost 4 years ago, said...

This article is great. I learned things I didn't know about & am so glad I read about this. I would like to know about vegetables. I can become a vegetarian no problem. I have started my grandchildren on steamed vegies & fruit @ 4mos old. . Steamed apples they love What vegies are good for triglycerides & hypternsion, prediabetes & diabetes?


almost 4 years ago, said...

Good article, but I would like to add a "yes, but." I had a major stroke when I was 56 and in what would probably qualify as great health. My blood pressure was typically 110/70, I exercised almost every day and ate a pretty healthy diet. I had actually run 6 miles earlier in the evening of my stroke. The stroke was caused by a clot and the only thing doctors could come up with was that I had flown to Europe and back 3 months prior, and had a trip to NY and back from Seattle about a month prior. So, my suggestion would be get compression stockings, and make sure you get up and walk around during any long flights.


almost 4 years ago, said...

My husband is 71 years old and has mildly high blood pressure. Last year he had 4 arterial stents placed. He takes medication for blood pressure, a blood thinner, cholesterol reduction, pain medication and over-the-corner supplements considered heart-helpful. The problem is, anger-management, uncontrolled stress and not much exercise. When I cook I never add salt, even when the recipe calls for it. We eat in restaurants usually only when we travel. Our diet is not TOO bad...whole grain bread, low-fat milk, probiotic drinks, no diet soda drinks...2 cups of coffee each morning and 3 ales at night. He quit smoking many years ago but worries that it wasn't soon enough to have saved him from damage. A month or so ago he felt considerable pain above his right eye and decreased/blurry vision in that eye. Following visits to his doctor, an ophamologist and a CT scan, he was told there was no problem. He still experiences some pain and vision deficit, however. He is, by nature, NOT an easy-going guy who has to be approached in the right way if he is to listen to suggestions. He has always been very physically active and is not overweight, despite the fact he can eat half a bag (or more) of (low-salt) chips on those evenings where snack foods are desired. I detest fish (especially if I have to cook it myself) and I get tired of chicken...a vegan I am NOT, nor is he -- he does like fish but won't turn away from a fine filet mignon or lasagna. How can I help my husband feel better about growing older and practice some kind of stress-reduction (he won't meditate, is too stiff for yoga, etc.). He forgot to take his blood pressure medication the other day and felt horrible by afternoon but partially blamed me for not noticing that he hadn't taken his meds that morning. We are spiritual people but not church-goers. His masculine identity is very important to him (as it was to my father). Any suggestions of how to assist my husband prolonging his life would be greatly appreciated. I am 69 and have health issues of my own. Thank you


about 4 years ago, said...

It is great. Very informitive and much need information to be aware of, inorder to make healthy changes in lifestyle. God bless you. You should consider this is your ministry. Thank you!


about 4 years ago, said...

Brilliant. Great ideas. A thousand thanks. Marion Wright, OCT


over 4 years ago, said...

Why does this article have a picture of seniors? Stroke isn't just for old people.


over 4 years ago, said...

Interesting.


almost 5 years ago, said...

very informative articles"to be forewarned is to be forearmed"


almost 5 years ago, said...

Thank you!


almost 5 years ago, said...

I had a stroke 5 years ago caused by a clot (I was 56 and was otherwise in good health, low blood pressure 115/70, lots of exercise, no smoking). The one thing I would add is the risk of deep vein thrombosis from long trips on planes. That was the only thing my doctors could come up with for me (in the previous month I had been to Europe and back plus another trip to NY from Seattle). This can be prevented by getting up and walking around or pressure stockings.


about 5 years ago, said...

Every and anything is so very important when it does come to Stroke! Thank you!!


about 5 years ago, said...

It helps to prevent


about 5 years ago, said...

Informative article, easy to follow for men (me) and woman.


about 5 years ago, said...

had a stroke a month ago...triglicerides were double what they should be, but doctor has not told me how to lower it.....anyone know how?


about 5 years ago, said...

Fgroover25 - Ibuprofen CAUSES bleeding! They don't tell you that ibuprofen can cause bleeding in ANY part of your body. (eg. detached retinas) The 'one size fits all' protocol to lower cholesterol down to obscene numbers will actually cause strokes & heart attacks, I have friends dropping dead left & right from taking prescription drugs & undergoing their "treatments" that don't work. Don't be led like a sheep.


about 5 years ago, said...

no further comment other than your info is helpful. CB


about 5 years ago, said...

Yes, any info on stroke or blood pressure -- please send me.


about 5 years ago, said...

all information related to stroke/high blood pressure. I'll appreciate any more that you may provide. Thanks, CMB


about 5 years ago, said...

Believe me! Anything at all to help us avoid this horrible thing! It was so God-Awful to see my husband tackle a Stroke!


about 5 years ago, said...

Just knowing the proper way to eat, exercise, and other essential benefits to prevent a stroke is vital and very important. It is medical sound to follow these instructions and the advice of your Medical Doctor for more information. I am very pleased to have this information and it was extremely helpful. Thanks!


about 5 years ago, said...

I have been sick with an inherited illness which there is no cure. I love ice cream and candy and i just found out I am diabetic. I am one of those thinkers that says eat what you want why eat healthy you still end up dead anyway. Well not to long ago I changed to a High Fiber 35 diet. Its simple you eat fruit veggies and other things high in fiber like beans lol all kinds of beans. Anyway the food has been so good tasting I have changed everything about the way I eat, never thought in a million years that I would do this. Very good article this coming from a changed man. Try to change you never know if you will like it if you don't at least try. Just have an open mind you may be pleasantly surprised.


about 5 years ago, said...

THANKS FOR THIS NICE SITE . ITS VERY HELPFUL


about 5 years ago, said...

know about these foods. try to avoid them.


about 5 years ago, said...

Always good to be reminded that lifestyle changes can be life saving.


about 5 years ago, said...

These articles have increased my knowledge on some pressing issues I did not know which were killing me. I was dianosed with high blood pressure and some few years later with diabetes.Continue to enligthen we the sich and God will give you more insight in your bit to discover causes cures of more diseases for the good of mankind. Thanks.


about 5 years ago, said...

It was really helpful to me, thanks for posting the article. My father has a heart-related problem which i discovered recently when i took him to hospital as he was suffering from chest pain, since then i have been looking for healthy diets and articles related heart problems