Stroke prevention

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disabillity worldwide. The good news is that it is highly preventable. There are several risk factors that are very strongly linked to stroke. By controlling the levels of these factors we can prevent the occurence of stroke.

These risk factors include:

1. Regular monitoring of blood pressure.

2. Regular monitoring of blood sugar.

3. Regular monitoring of cholesterol.

4. Regular exercise.

5. Avoid being overweight by following a healthy diet.

6. Reduce alcohol consumption and avoid smoking.

There are also several types of medications that can be taken to reduce the occurrence of recurrent stroke.

Such drugs include:

- antiplatelet drugs. Platelets are the cells in your blood that form clots. Antiplatelet drugs make these cells less likely to clot. The most commonly used antiplatelet drug is aspirin.

- anticoagulants. This medication reduces blood clotting.