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Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

Stroke is preventable. Make healthy changes to reduce your risk of stroke.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk With Your Doctor About Taking Aspirin Every Day

Aspirin can improve the flow of blood to the heart and brain. This reduces your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

African Americans and Stroke

This site offers information about why African Americans have an increased risk of stroke. Risk factors include higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Stroke Association

African Americans and Stroke: American Stroke Association

African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with Caucasians. But there is hope. By following these three simple steps, you can help protect yourself against stroke.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

Aphasia Community Information

Find support groups, online communities, and resources for people and caregivers affected by aphasia, a language impairment usually acquired as a result of stroke or other brain injury.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

National Aphasia Association

Aspirin for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: Know the Facts

Aspirin has been shown to be helpful when used daily to lower the risk of heart attack, clot-related strokes and other blood flow problems. Talk to your doctor to learn whether the risks of long-term aspirin use may be greater than the benefits.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Aspirin in Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention

Learn about the use of aspirin therapy for patients who've had or are at high risk for a heart attack, unstable angina, ischemic stroke (caused by blood clot) or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or "little strokes").

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Heart Association

Brain Basics: Preventing Stroke

This fact sheet focuses on stroke risk factors and prevention. Learn the warning signs and treatable risk facts.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

Cholesterol Reduction Calculator

You can't see high cholesterol. It doesn't have any symptoms, but it is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. You can tackle high cholesterol if you understand your risk. Start now by taking this short quiz.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

University of Maryland Medical Center

Daily Aspirin Therapy

The decision to use aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke is safest when made in consultation with a health professional.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Do You Know Your Cholesterol Levels?- (PDF)

This publication is part of a set of booklets that present key steps that Latinos can take to reduce their chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Written in a friendly English/Spanish side-by-side style, the booklets present facts and dispel myths.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Find a Vascular Screening Event

Find a vascular screening in your area. Screening can help detect vascular disease prior to active warning signs and before a major medical incident such as stroke, or sudden death from aneurysm rupture.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

Society for Vascular Surgery

Healthy Living After Stroke

If you've had a stroke, your risk of having another one is higher than the stroke risk of the average person. Learn what you can do to reduce that risk.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Aspirin can help to prevent heart and strokes in women, but also carries some health risks. This article explains why it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of daily aspirin therapy with your doctor.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HOPE: The Stroke Recovery Guide

This guide offers information to help you on your road to recovery from stroke, including post-stroke issues, prevention, exercises, and recommendations. The guide is available online, Print copies may be ordered by calling 1-800-STROKES.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Stroke Association

How to Prevent Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack and Stroke

People who have vascular disease may have health problems such as coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. Learn about lifestyle changes that can help reduce your risk.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults. The good news is that treatments are available that can greatly reduce the damage caused by a stroke. Getting treatment within 60 minutes can prevent disability.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

Learn About Stroke

Understanding what you can do to reduce your risk can decrease your chances of having a stroke. Nevertheless, it is still important to know the warning signs of stroke and how to respond to them.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

Let’s Talk About Stroke and Aphasia- (PDF)

Read about aphasia and how family and friends can help and support the patient.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

Let's Talk About Emotional Changes After Stroke- (PDF)

Post-stroke psychological emotions are“natural.” They’re part of adjusting to the changes brought by a stroke. Often,talking about the effects of the stroke and acknowledging these feelings helps stroke survivors deal with these emotions.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

Let's Talk About Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Stroke

Let's Talk About Stroke is a series of downloadable patient information sheets that presents information in a question-and-answer format with room for you to write down questions to ask your doctor.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Stroke Association

My Diabetes Health Assessment

People living with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as heart attack or stroke. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk of CVD.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Heart Association

Stroke Risk Factors You Can Control

Learn about the risk factors you can control in order to prevent a stroke: High blood pressure, cigarette smoking, obesity, alcohol, birth control pills and patches, and more.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Stroke Warning Signs Quiz

When seconds count, can you spot a stroke? Take this quiz to find out.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Heart Association

Stroke: Controllable Risk Factors

Stroke risk can be controlled easier than one might think. With the help of a doctor, many diseases that increase stroke risk can be treated, and lifestyle risk factors such an unhealthy eating and smoking can be changed.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Stroke Association

Stroke: Recovery Fact Sheet Series

This page links to recovery fact sheets on stroke, including information on sleep disorders, dealing with pain, coping with emotions, managing fatigue and more.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Stroke Association

Swallowing Disorders Information Page

Swallowing disorders (dysphagias) involve difficulty in passing food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Changing the diet by adding thickeners helps many people, as does learning different ways to eat and chew that reduce the risk of choking.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

Taking Aspirin to Prevent Strokes

Should you take aspirin? It’s always a good idea to talk with your provider before taking aspirin to prevent a stroke or heart attack.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Test Your Sodium Smarts- (PDF)

High–sodium diets are linked to increased blood pressure and a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Test your sodium smarts by answering these 10 questions about which food products are higher in sodium.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Heart Association

Transient Ischemic Attack

About one in three people who have a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), which is sometimes called a ministroke, eventually have a stroke, with about half occurring during the year after the TIA. You can control or treat a number of risk factors associated with TIAs.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Women and Stroke: Unique Symptoms in Women

This page teaches you how to recognize stroke symptoms and what to do if you think someone may be having a stroke.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Stroke Association

Your Disease Risk

Welcome to Your Disease Risk, the source on prevention. Here, you can find out your risk of developing five of the most important diseases in the United States and get personalized tips for preventing them.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

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Your Disease Risk: Stroke

To estimate your risk of stroke and learn about ways to lower that risk, take a few minutes to answer some questions about your health, background, and lifestyle.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

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