Preventing Another Stroke

Thursday, September 20, 2012

If youve already had a stroke, preventing a second one is a top priority. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some ways in which you can reduce your chances of a stroke in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A stroke happens when an area of the brain is damaged. This usually happens when blood does not reach certain parts of the brain. Each stroke you have can lead to more physical problems, and even death.

Strokes can happen in people who have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. People who smoke, drink more than one alcoholic drink a day, or are obese are more likely to have a stroke. If you have already had a stroke, you are at higher risk of having another one.

There are steps you can take that can prevent a stroke. They include:

Exercise for 30 minutes a day for most days of the week if recommended by your doctor.

Stop smoking.

Dont drink more than one alcoholic drink a day.

Work with your doctor to control your blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes.

Some medicines can prevent another stroke. Ask your doctor if you should be taking these types of medicines.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.