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Controlling Your Risk Factors for Stroke

Last updated 4 years ago

Although certain risk factors of stroke are not controllable, the majority of all strokes are indeed preventable with medical management and lifestyle modifications. Consider visiting your community hospital to ask your doctor about your risk of stroke. You can undergo screening tests to determine whether you could have certain medical conditions that can increase your risk. Then, the physician at your community hospital can help you explore your treatment options to improve your wellness.

Evaluate Your Lifestyle Habits

Unhealthy lifestyle habits can significantly increase your risk of stroke. For example, if you smoke, your physician will advise you to quit. There are many resources available to help individuals with smoking cessation. You might benefit from medications or over-the-counter nicotine replacement products, for example, in addition to support groups. Alcohol consumption is another lifestyle habit that can increase your risk of stroke. If you’re a man, try to consume no more than two drinks daily. Women are advised to consume no more than one drink per day. Consumption above this level is considered to be excessive and can jeopardize your health. Physical inactivity and obesity are additional risk factors. Consider talking to your doctor about starting an exercise program and adhering to a healthy diet.

Manage Your Blood Sugar

Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk of stroke. Additionally, those who have hyperglycemia when a stroke occurs are more likely to suffer more extensive brain damage. Talk to your doctor about managing your condition with medications, diet, and exercise.

Control Your Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, it means that your heart is forced to work harder. This can compromise your healthy blood vessels and increase your risk of stroke. Have your blood pressure checked and, if necessary, work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan.

St. Petersburg General Hospital has been certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, which reflects our team’s dedication to adhering to the strictest standards of patient care. If you think you could be experiencing a stroke, please call 911; otherwise, you can reach our community hospital at (888) 741-5122. We also invite St. Petersburg residents to browse our website to read more about our healthcare services, including breast cancer care, and labor and delivery services.


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