Stroke Prevention: Medications and Lifestyle Changes to Help Reduce Stroke Risk

There are ways to reduce the risk of stroke. Learn the basics of stroke prevention as well as lifestyle changes the whole family can adopt.

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There are strategies and some medications that can help to reduce the risk of another stroke.

Anti-Platelets 

E.g. Clopidogrel, Aspirin, Dipyridamole
An antiplatelet drug makes the blood "less sticky" by preventing blood cells called platelets from sticking together to form a clot.

Anticoagulants

E.g. Warfarin, Novel-Oral anticoagulants (Rivaroxaban, Dabigatran and Apixaban)
An anticoagulant is a blood thinner that helps prevent the formation of new blood clots and keeps existing blood clots from getting larger. Anticoagulants work by interfering with the function of certain blood-clotting factors that are needed to form clots. They are usually prescribed to patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and some other heart and blood disorders.


Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines

E.g. Simvastatin, Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin, Ezetimibe, Fenofibrate, Gemfibrozil
Medications, such as statin, lower your cholesterol level and help reduce the risk of stroke and heart diseases.

Lifestyle Modifications

Quit smoking.
Limit alcohol consumption.
Have a healthy and well-balanced diet.
Exercise regularly.
Maintain healthy body weight.
Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
Attend medical appointments with your doctor as scheduled.

Controlling and Reducing Risks

For more on stroke, go to StrokeHub

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Stroke Prevention: Medications and Lifestyle Changes to Help Reduce Stroke Risk

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