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Stroke

03 December 2010

Lifestyle key to preventing stroke

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk for first-time stroke by 80%, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk for first-time stroke by 80%, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

As the US population ages and obesity increases, more strokes are occurring 795,000 a year, 77% of them first-time but deaths from stroke have decreased, experts say.

  • Genetic screening for stroke may be appropriate for some at-risk patients, but not for the general public.
  • Treating patients with a blocked neck artery (carotid artery) with a stent or surgery (endarterectomy) should be decided on a case-by-case basis.
  • Screening for narrowing of the neck arteries is not recommended.
  • Aspirin is advised only for people at high risk of stroke for whom the reduction in stroke risk outweighs the bleeding risk of aspirin.

 

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