Medical conditions

Simple checks at your local GP practice can help reduce your risk of stroke.

Get your blood pressure checked regularly

High blood pressure can increase the risk of stroke. People with high blood pressure may not have any symptoms, so it is important to check your blood pressure regularly.

Control medical conditions you may have
Your doctor can prescribe medication to help with conditions that increase the risk of stroke, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and irregular heartbeat.

Check to see if you have atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of irregular heartbeat. It affects around 750,000 people in the UK and means you could be more likely to suffer a stroke.

The following could be a sign that you have AF: palpitations (being aware of your heart beating fast), breathlessness, chest pain, fatigue, or you may have no symptoms but an irregular pulse over one minute.

A doctor or nurse will need to check your pulse to find out if you have AF. Find more information in our Atrial Fibrillation factsheet.

Get help for stress and depression
Stress and depression can impact on your body, contribute to long-term health problems and make a stroke more likely. Your GP will be able to prescribe medication or refer you to another health professional or counsellor, who you can talk to about things that you are finding difficult in life.

Read our publications:
High blood pressure and stroke
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and stroke
Diabetes and stroke
Healthy eating and stroke - for information on cholesterol

Useful organisations:
British Heart Foundation
Atrial Fibrillation Association
NHS Choices - Find your GP
Blood Pressure UK
Diabetes UK