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How Do I Prevent a Second (or Third) Stroke?

Every year, about 795,000 people experience a stroke. Of these, approximately 185,000 are recurrent strokes, meaning that they are experienced by individuals who have previously had one or more strokes.

If you’ve already had a stroke, you’re at greater risk to have another. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent a recurrent stroke.

The most important ways to prevent recurrent strokes are to make lifestyle changes, manage medical conditions and listen to your doctor’s advice.

To Prevent Stroke, First Know the Risk Factors

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, more than 785,000 people in the US have a stroke or recurrent stroke. That’s the bad news.

The good news is most strokes are preventable. Knowing the risk factors and the signs and symptoms of stroke are the first steps to reducing your risk.