Reducing Your Risk of Stroke
- Do not smoke; if you smoke, quit.
- Eat a healthful diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Take your medications as directed.
- Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
- Take low dose aspirin if recommended by your healthcare provider.
- Manage blood sugar if you have diabetes.
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