To reduce risk factors for stroke, make control your goal. Here’s how to take charge:
Manage It. Your doctor can treat your atrial fibrillation and may prescribe medication to help prevent the formation of clots. If you are over 50, you and your doctor should make a decision about aspirin therapy. Learn about treating atrial fibrillation.www.americanheart.org
Control It. Managing your blood sugar can decrease your risk for stroke. Learn about diabetes.www.diabetes.org
Treat It. Eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise to reduce blood pressure. Discuss medications with your physician.www.nlm.nih.gov
Lower It. Diet, exercise, and medication therapy can reduce your cholesterol and lower your risk for atherosclerosis.www.americanheart.orgwww.nlm.nih.gov
Quit. Medical help is available to quit.www.californiasmokershelpline.org
Seek Help. TIA’s are “mini-strokes” which last less than 24 hours. Treatment can help prevent more TIA’s or a larger stroke.www.strokeassociation.org
MemorialCare is committed to improving stroke care for the community we serve by taking part the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke program. We proudly support two stroke-neurology receiving centers for Long Beach and Orange County.
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