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Every year, nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of long-term, chronic disability.
However, eighty percent of strokes (four out of five) are preventable. Some risk factors, like your age and family history, are out of your hands. But there are several risk factors for stroke that you can impact. Here are 8 ways to help lower your odds of having a stroke.
If your doctor has prescribed medication, make sure you’re following the directions to help keep those risk factors in check.
Make sure you’re familiar with the signs and symptoms. An easy way to remember the signs and symptoms of stroke is to B.E.F.A.S.T.
If a loved one had a stroke, would you know what to do? Be prepared to act with Mercy's free guide.