What can I do to reduce my risk?

Most strokes can be prevented. Although you cannot change some of the things that increase your risk of stroke, like your age, there are others that you can change.

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.

Find out more

Read our How to prevent a stroke leaflet to find out more about what you can do to reduce your risk.

Published: February 2015. Next review: March 2016. Information Standard logo