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.
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.
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 TIA (transient ischaemic attack or mini-stroke), there are still positive things you can do to reduce your risk.