Most stroke risk factors can be reduced with lifestyle modifications. Most important...

  • Not smoking.
  • Limiting dietary fat.
  • Eating fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercising regularly.

Patients who maintain healthy blood pressure readings (less than 115/75) and total cholesterol levels (less than 200)...avoid (or reverse) obesity...and control underlying diseases, such as diabetes, are far less likely to develop hardening of the arteries, thereby reducing their risk for TIAs and stroke.

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