How to Help Prevent a Stroke in 3 Steps

A stroke is a medical emergency caused by the sudden interruption or reduction of blood flow to the brain. There are several different types of strokes, but they’re all caused by either blood clots or bleeding in the brain.

Strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of long-term disability, but up to 80% of them could be prevented by making lifestyle changes and managing chronic health conditions.* It’s important to know whether you’re at risk for a stroke and take steps now to improve your health so you can protect yourself from having a stroke in the future.

Step 1:
Know your risk

Strokes affect people of all ages and ethnicities, but certain medical conditions and habits can put you at a higher risk for a stroke. One in three Americans have at least one of these stroke risk factors:

Step 2:
Make healthy lifestyle changes

You can reduce each of those risk factors by making healthier everyday choices. Some of the things you can start doing right now are:

  • Choose healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains over foods that are high in fat, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stop smoking, and limit alcohol use.
  • Make sure you’re at a healthy weight.

Step 3:
See your doctor

Your doctor can help you manage any health conditions that may be putting you at risk and support you as you make positive lifestyle changes so you don’t have to feel alone. Talk to your physician about:

Plus, we can help you get up and moving again with orthopaedic diagnosis and treatment options to help with those stiff or aching joints.

Meanwhile, learn about the importance of quick action in the event you or a loved one shows the signs or symptoms of a stroke. For those who have had a stroke, AHN Stroke Centers provide fast and accurate diagnostics and innovative stroke treatment and therapies.

Learn how to reduce your stroke risk

Talk with a doctor about your stroke risk factors and what you can do to help prevent one. You can request an appointment with your current AHN primary care physician (PCP), or make an appointment with a new one near you by calling (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677. 

You can also use our virtual appointment options for the most convenient appointment possible.