Take prescribed medication

If you have a medical condition that is increasing your risk of stroke, make sure you take the medication you’re prescribed. If you have any questions about your medication, go back to your doctor or pharmacist and ask. 

Tell them if you are worried about side effects, as there will usually be an alternative that you can take. Never stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor first.

Regular check-ups

As we age, our arteries become harder and narrower, making them more likely to become blocked. However, some medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can speed up the process and increase your risk of having a stroke.  Regular check-ups with your GP, especially as you get older, will pick up on any problems. 

Your GP can test you for some of the following conditions and give you advice on how to control them:

Lifestyle changes

Stopping smokingdrinking less alcoholeating healthilydoing more exercise and watching your weight can help to improve many of these medical conditions and reduce your risk of stroke as a result. 

Can I reduce my risk if I’ve already had a stroke?

Although your risk of having a stroke is higher if you have already had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), there are still positive things you can do to reduce your risk.

It’s important that you:
  • take the medication that your doctor has prescribed
  • have regular health check-ups to make sure it is working for you
  • talk to your doctor about any lifestyle changes you need to make (like stopping smoking or losing weight) and ask about the help and support you can get to help you with them – there’s lots available.  

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