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You can protect yourself with two important steps. Be aware of your risk for stroke. Know what to do when the signs of stroke appear.
There are risk factors you can’t change. According to the American Stroke Association, these include:
There are risk factors you can control, change or seek treatment for, says the American Stroke Association:
If you’re concerned that you might have risk factors for stroke, now is a great time to get your body moving. One immediate action that can help lower your risk for stroke is exercise.
Physical activity can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. It also helps lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults should aim for 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity physical activity (think brisk walking) each week.
Before making any big changes to your diet or exercise routine, talk with your doctor. He or she will have more information to help you control your risk for a stroke.
Watch our video to learn the warning signs of stroke. Remember to call 911 right away. Since a stroke is an emergency, it’s important to act FAST if you notice the signs of a stroke in yourself or others.
Originally published 5/25/2015; Revised 2022
Detecting the warning signs of stroke and acting fast can save a life. It can also reduce the short- and long-term damage that strokes can cause.
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