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Are You at Risk for Stroke?

Last updated 3 years ago

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the US, but it is also one of the most preventable. There are so many things you can do to cut your risk of having a stroke and prevent yourself from becoming a statistic. If you do experience stroke symptoms, get to the ER immediately for life-saving care. To reduce your chances of facing a stroke, take steps to reduce these risk factors.


Smoking looms large as a risk factor for many health conditions, including stroke. Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but help is available. Talk to your doctor about finding the support you need, including medications that can help control your cravings as you give up the habit. The good news is that even if you have smoked for a long time, your risk of stroke begins to fall as soon as you quit.

Chronic Illness

Many illnesses can increase your risk of having a stroke, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol. You can reduce your stroke risk by working closely with your doctor to control these conditions. Follow your care plan closely, make lifestyle adjustments suggested by your doctor, and take your medication as directed. Controlling these chronic conditions can drastically reduce the impact they have on your stroke risk.


Obesity increases your risk of having a stroke because it increases your chances of having other conditions boost your stroke risk, including heart disease and high blood pressure. Likewise, obesity is often associated with diets high in fat, sugar, and salt, which can make stroke risk factors like high cholesterol difficult to manage. Ask your doctor for help making dietary changes and get at least 30 minutes of activity most days to maintain a healthy weight.

Every second counts during a stroke, so if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, get care emergency care at Oak Hill Hospital. In addition to our ER care, our Stroke Center offers cutting-edge treatments to save brain tissue during a stroke and help for your recovery afterwards. For more information about our ER, stroke care, and more, call our Brookesville hospital at (888) 741-5120.  


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