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HHS HealthBeat (June 19, 2014)

Preventing a stroke

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States but most strokes are preventable. To prevent stroke, though, you need to know what to look for as well as what to do. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Mary George:

“Risk factors include high blood pressure; about 4 out of every 5 people who have a stroke have high blood pressure.”

Others include high cholesterol, diabetes, tobacco, too much alcohol, too little physical activity, and too few fruits and vegetables.

To reduce the risk, bring cholesterol under control; prevent or manage diabetes, drink no more than moderately, and get enough physical activity and healthy foods.

But George notes that some risk factors – notably, age and family history – can’t be fixed with lifestyle changes.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 19, 2014