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Did you know that 80% of strokes are preventable?

To lower your risk for a first stroke, follow these guidelines from the National Stroke Association:

  • Know your blood pressure and work with your doctor to prevent or reduce high blood pressure.

  • Find out if you have atrial fibrillation.

  • If you smoke, take steps to quit.

  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

  • If you have diabetes, work with your doctor to find the right medication, and make lifestyle changes.

  • Include exercise in the activities you enjoy in your daily routine.

  • Find out if you have high cholesterol.

  • Enjoy a lower sodium (salt), lower fat diet.

  • Ask your doctor if you have circulation problems.

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