While there are some stroke risk factors that can’t be controlled, such as age and family history, there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make that have a real impact on reducing your risk of having a stroke.

Here are some examples of how you can reduce this risk.

Manage your blood pressure

High blood pressure increases your risk of stroke if it is not controlled.

Be physically active

Regular, moderate physical activity helps to manage your weight and lowers blood pressure.

Drink in moderation

Limit your alcohol intake

Be smoke-free

Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, quitting smoking is a powerful lifestyle change that will reduce your stroke risk significantly.

Treat diabetes

Keep your blood sugar under control

High cholesterol levels

Too much cholesterol in your blood can cause fatty deposits to built up in your arteries, causing arteries to narrow or stiffen, making it harder for blood to flow.


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