Most Strokes are Preventable-Know Your Risk Factors!


Stroke can be a frightening word, but the good news is that as many as 80 percent of strokes can be prevented if people eat well, exercise and appropriately manage their risks on a daily basis.

“An important message is that the majority of stroke risk factors can be changed, treated, or controlled,” said Molly Griffis, the stroke program coordinator for Tucson Medical Center.

“Essentially, do not smoke. Eat a low-sodium, low fat-diet filled with lots of vegetables, fruit, fiber, and fish. Manage high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. And finally, just keep moving,” she said.

Griffis said she always encourages patients to first try to manage their health through diet and exercise. If that doesn’t work, however, she said it may be time to talk with your doctor to explore medications that can help keep blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, Atrial fibrillation, and heart disease in check.

It’s important to know your stroke risk factors.

You are at greater risk of having a stroke if you:

  • Are age 55 or older
  • Previously had a stroke, a heart attack or what’s known as a transient ischemic attack(TIA), which is often called a “mini-stroke” that serves as a warning
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Have diabetes
  • Have heart disease
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have a high red blood cell count
  • Have sickle cell disease

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