Features August 2014 Issue

Risk Factor Control Keys to Preventing Second Stroke

Blood pressure management, lifestyle changes are critical, but the challenges can be greater for a stroke survivor.

If you’re a stroke survivor, your doctor has likely stressed the importance of controlling your blood pressure and managing other important risk factors. Hopefully, you’re paying close attention to that advice, because the chances of having a second stroke within a year of the first one are about 5 to 14 percent, according to the National Stroke Association. Within five years, the likelihood of a second stroke jumps to 24 percent for women and 42 percent for men.

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