There are many factors that can increase your risk of stroke, including:
- your genes
- your age
- your diet
- the amount of alcohol you drink
- whether you smoke
- how fit you are, and
- whether you have any other medical conditions.
But there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the risk of stroke. This section explains:
- the risk factors that you cannot change
- how getting a health check can help prevent stroke
- the importance of stopping smoking and drinking alcohol in moderation, and
- how healthy eating and exercise can reduce your risk of stroke.
The advice in this section applies whether you want to reduce your chances of having a first stroke or if you have already had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and want to reduce your chances of having another.
Read our publications:
How to prevent a stroke
How to prevent a stroke - Welsh
How to prevent a stroke - Bengali
How to prevent a stroke - Gujarati
How to prevent a stroke - Hindi
How to prevent a stroke - Punjabi
How to prevent a stroke - Somali
How to prevent a stroke - Urdu