If you have already suffered a stroke, you are at a high risk of having another one. The best way to avoid this is to make lifestyle changes that decrease your risk of stroke – stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, lose weight and drink alcohol only in moderation.
“You should eat foods that are low in saturated fat,” says Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH, neurologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Focusing on whole grains, fruits and vegetables will help you lower your cholesterol and keep a healthy weight, which will in turn lower your risk for stroke.”
A regular exercise routine is also key to preventing stroke. If you do not already exercise, talk to your doctor about the kinds of activities that would be best for you. “Even walking 30 minutes a day can be incredibly beneficial for preventing a stroke,” says Godbey.