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Prevention

There are preventive measures you can take to reduce your chances of cerebrovascular diseases and strokes.

These include:

  • Checking your blood pressure regularly to avoid hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Controlling existing high blood pressure by eating a low-sodium diet, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, and taking proper medications regularly
  • Eating a healthy, low-fat diet
  • Exercising regularly to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy
  • Limiting alcohol intake to no more than one to two drinks a day
  • Quitting smoking
  • Seeing your doctor for regular medical check-ups
  • Treating diabetes

For more information about prevention techniques, refer to the American Stroke Association.

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