"Stroke is potentially one of the most devastating illnesses that we see, and it's especially tragic when simply taking good care of one's blood pressure or some other preventive measure might have averted it," says Dr. Thomas Lee, MD, co-editor in chief of the Harvard Heart Letter.
There are two basic categories of stroke risk: lifestyle risks and medical risks. Among smokers, that habit is by far the most important lifestyle risk. Nothing will do more to prevent a stroke than quitting. Other lifestyle changes that can help cut stroke risk are:
Several underlying medical conditions can increase the odds of having a stroke. These include high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, and diabetes. Controlling these conditions can also reduce stroke risk.
Read the full-length article: "How to lower your stroke risk"
Also in the August 2013 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter:
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