A few simple lifestyle changes can cut your stroke risk: Healthy lifestyle change What to aim for How to make it happen* Eat healthy (good nutrition) as directed by your doctor Each day, try to eat: 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables 6-8 servings of grains (with at least half of these from whole grain products) 2-3 servings of low-fat dairy products 2-3 servings of lean meat or meat alternatives (such as tofu) Don't eat too much sodium.
How do medical conditions increase stroke risk? The connection is simple - strokes can happen one of two ways: when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain (this causes 80% of strokes) when blood vessels burst in the brain Medical conditions that increase the risk of blood clots or bursting blood vessels will also increase your stroke risk.
Depending on your individual situation and medical conditions, your doctor may recommend that you take a variety of medication(s). Such medications include: blood-pressure-lowering medications) (for people with high blood pressure) blood thinners (for people with atrial fibrillation or those who have had a stroke or TIA) cholesterol-lowering medications (for people with high cholesterol) medications to control blood sugar levels (for people with diabetes) Click on the links above to learn more about the medications.