Patient Support and Education
There are preventive measures you can take to reduce your chances of cerebrovascular diseases and strokes.
- 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.
The following links provide additional information about cerebrovascular disease and stroke:
DHMC related resources
- Learning About Stroke: A Guide for Patients and Families (PDF)
- Five Things You Need to Know About Stroke (PDF)
- Neurology Department
- Dartmouth Community Medical School Lecture Series – Session 6: Is There Light on the Horizon?
Making progress in preventing and treating stroke and macular degeneration.
Speakers: Julie P.W. Bynum, MD, Chris R. Fields, OD, M. Brooke Herndon, MD, Timothy G. Lukovits, MD, Rosalind A. Stevens, MD