Stroke Prevention

Prevent stroke risk factors with lifestyle changes

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Prevent stroke risk factors with lifestyle changes

While stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the US, the good news is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable. That means you can take steps now to prevent a stroke — or prevent a recurrence.


Continue reading below to learn how to reduce certain risk factors and explore treatments that can help lower your risk.

Stroke risk factors

Research has shown that you can take steps to prevent stroke by reducing and controlling your risk factors. Some risk factors cannot be controlled, but others can be changed, treated or managed by making healthier lifestyle choices.

How to prevent stroke

Scripps offers a multidisciplinary approach to preventing stroke in people with an increased risk. We take a comprehensive, collaborative approach to evaluate and help prevent stroke, both in patients who have never had a stroke but have risk factors, as well as those who have had a stroke and want to prevent another one.


This collaborative approach includes the expertise of neurosurgery, interventional neuroradiology, vascular surgery, cardiology, hematology, lipid clinic, integrative medicine and sleep medicine.

Benefits of early detection

Because stroke can quickly damage the brain tissue, it’s important to quickly recognize stroke symptoms and seek immediate care. If you have risk factors for stroke, talk to your doctor about ways to lower your risk. Learn more about stroke symptoms and stroke diagnosis.