The steps you take after your stroke are important to you achieving the best possible recovery and independence.
Treatment to Maximize Recovery
Reducing Risk of Another Stroke
After having a stroke, your risks are much higher for having another one. But you can lower your chance when you:
- Adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
- Control key risk factors, including high blood pressure, smoking and atrial fibrillation.
- Take medication to:
- Lower high blood pressure. (More than half of strokes are caused by high blood pressure, making it the most significant risk factor to control.)
- Manage atrial fibrillation.
- Reduce the chances of forming a clot. (Antiplatelet agents or anticoagulants, such as warfarin, interfere with the blood's ability to clot and can play an important role in preventing stroke.)
- Have procedures to remove plaque buildup or open blockages.