What to do Instead of Having Another Stroke

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Download the Stroke Prevention Checklist (PDF)

American Stroke Association®, a division of the American Heart Association

Getting to the Heart of Stroke™

About one in four stroke survivors suffers a second one—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Reduce your risk. Work with your doctor to create a secondary stroke prevention plan and stick with it.

Prevention Checklist

I plan to take these steps instead of having another stroke:

  • ☑ Know the cause of my stroke
  • ☑ Manage high blood pressure
  • ☑ Control cholesterol
  • ☑ Reduce blood sugar
  • ☑ Be active
  • ☑ Eat better
  • ☑ Lose weight
  • ☑ Stop smoking
  • ☑ Be involved in my treatment plan decisions
  • ☑ Take medications as prescribed
  • ☑ Join a program that includes exercise, education and counseling

WHEN STROKE STRIKES, EVERY SECOND COUNTS. A stroke is always a medical emergency. The longer it goes untreated the greater the chance of lasting damage.

Time lost is brain lost. Learn to recognize the signs of stroke using the letters F-A-S-T.

F.A.S.T. F is for Face Drooping, A is for Arm Weakness, S is for Speech Difficulty, T is for Time to Call 911.

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