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.