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Ten Things To Reduce Your Risk For Stroke 

Jennifer Latham Robinson

The National Stoke Association has put together ten guidelines to increase the public awareness and provide education and self-help to reduce the risk for a transient ischemic attack (TIA) which is temporary blood flow interruption or a stroke.   


  1. Know your blood pressure.  If high, work with your doctor to lower it.
  2. Find out from your doctor if you have atrial fibrillation.
  3. If you smoke, stop.
  4. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  5. Find out if you have high cholesterol.  If so, work with your doctor to control it.
  6. If you are diabetic, follow your doctor’s recommendations carefully to control your diabetes.
  7. Include exercise in the activities you enjoy in your daily routine
  8. Enjoy a lower sodium (salt), lower fat diet.
  9. Ask your doctor how you can lower your risk of stoke.
  10. Know the symptoms of a stroke.
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause. 


A simple test can help you detect stroke symptoms and Act F.A.S.T. according to the National Stroke Association.


F = FACE           Ask the person to smile.  Does one side of the face droop?


A = ARMS          Ask the person to raise both arms.  Does one arm drift downward?


S = SPEECH     Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.  Does the speech sound slurred or strange?


T = TIME          If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1 or get to the nearest stroke center or hospital.

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