Preventing Another Stroke

Don't let stroke strike twice. One in four stroke survivors has another. Here's how to help keep it from being you.

Up to 80% of second clot-related strokes may be preventable.*

When you’ve had a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack), it’s likely that you’re at risk for another. It is important to know the type of stroke you had and its underlying cause to build the best plan to prevent another. If you don’t know the type or cause of your stroke, talk to your doctor about whether more testing is needed.

The good news is you have the power to reduce that risk. Take steps to build healthy habits like eating right, taking your medicines as prescribed and being as physically active as you’re able. Every healthy choice brings you one step closer to preventing another stroke.

Download the Taking Steps to Prevent Another Stroke Infographic (PDF) to learn ways to reduce stroke risk factors and for support resources.

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Partnering with Your Doctor

Following your doctor's direction and pharmacist's guidance after a stroke is crucial to reducing your risk for another stroke.

Ask your doctor to create a stroke prevention plan that could include:

Managing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can cause blood vessels in the brain to clog more easily or even burst.

Controlling Cholesterol

High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Reducing Blood Sugar

Untreated diabetes can lead to many serious medical problems, including heart disease and stroke.

Being Active

Find forms of exercise you like and will stick with, and build more opportunities to be active into your routine.

Eating Better

Learn how to ditch the junk, give your body the nutrient-dense fuel it needs, and love every minute of it!

Losing Weight

The benefits of maintaining a healthy weight go far beyond improved energy and smaller clothing sizes.

Stopping Smoking

Smoking puts you at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn the risks and quit today. We can help.

Discussing an Aspirin Regimen or Other Medications

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

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National Sponsor

Learn how Bayer® Aspirin is working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to support our efforts and help stroke survivors prevent additional strokes.

Medicine Tracker

Need help keeping track of your medications? Download our easy-to-use medicine tracker.

Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.

Use the letters in "F.A.S.T." to spot signs of a stroke and know when to call 9-1-1.

By learning and sharing the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke.

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