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Your GP will also talk to you about any lifestyle changes that you may need to consider in order to prevent another stroke.

Your GP will be able to offer advice and support to help you to reduce your risk of stroke. This is likely to include advice and support in improving your diet, stopping smoking and undertaking exercise

As well as making the most of the support of your GP, there are changes that you can make to lower your risk of stroke. You should stop smoking, reduce your alcohol intake and improve your diet and the amount of exercise you take.

 

1. You are twice as likely to have a stroke if you smoke.

Smoking causes your arteries to fur up and makes a blood clot more likely. So stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of stroke.

 

2. Drinking too much alcohol can also increase your blood pressure.

Binge drinking (more than six units of alcohol within six hours) in particular can cause your blood pressure to increase rapidly which greatly increases the risk of a stroke.

A unit of alcohol is a small glass of wine, a single measure of spirits or half a pint of weak beer or lager.

Don't drink every day or exceed the recommended limits.

 

3. Diet and exercise are an important part of stroke prevention

Healthy eating helps keep your heart and bloodstream in good form. Regular physical activity lowers your blood pressure, helps balance fats in your body and improves your ability to handle insulin.

Eating well and exercising also help to lose weight. Being overweight increases your chances of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, all of which can increase your chances of stroke