Six Ways to Help Prevent a Stroke


The Stroke Center
at Saint Francis

1400 Woodland St
Hartford, Connecticut 06105

Despite age, family history, and ethnicity, for most individuals, strokes can be prevented.  You can reduce your risks of suffering a stroke by following these basic guidelines 

  1. Know Your Blood Pressure

    People with high blood pressure often exhibit no symptoms, so it is important to have a blood pressure check every 6 months. However, if you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, have it checked twice a day for one week. If it is consistently high during that period, consult with your physician to determine if medication is necessary.

  2. Don't Smoke

    If you smoke, try to quit.  Your blood pressure will instantly drop the first day.

  3. Get Tested for Diabetes

    People with diabetes have high blood glucose (often called blood sugar).  People with high blood sugar often have no symptoms.  That is why it is important to have your blood sugar checked regularly.  If you have diabetes, a doctor may prescribe medication or insulin shots.

  4. Get Tested for Cholesterol

    Cholesterol is a 'waxy' substance found in all parts of the body.  When there is too much cholesterol in the blood, cholesterol can build up on the walls of the arteries.  Cholesterol can clog the arteries and keep the brain from getting the blood it needs.  Cholesterol can be lowered by eating healthier and exercising more.  In some cases, a doctor may prescribe medication to help maintain healthy triglyceride levels.

  5. Maintain a Healthy Weight

    It is important to calculate and know your Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine if you are at a healthy weight.  Eating a healthy diet and adding exercise for at least 30 minutes a day can drastically reduce your risk factors.

  6. Find Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

    Curb your stress level by partaking in positive activities including exercising.