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Recurrent Stroke

Having a stroke means greater risk for another (or recurrent) stroke.

FACT: Approximately 795,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke each year.

FACT: At least one in four stroke survivors will experience another stroke.

FACT: Within five years of a first stroke, the risk for another stroke can increase more than 40 percent.

FACT: Recurrent strokes often have a higher rate of death and disability.

Decrease your risk for recurrent stroke with the following steps:

  • Manage high blood pressure
  • Keep diabetes under control
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Stop smoking
  • Manage high cholesterol
  • Manage atrial fibrillation
  • Increase physical activity
  • Control alcohol use

REMEMBER: The most important first step to controlling risk for recurrent stroke is to follow a doctor’s advice. Work with your healthcare professional to develop a personalized plan just for you.

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