Stroke Prevention

Anyone can have a stroke, but some people are at higher risk. Some of the factors that cause people to be at higher risk of stroke cannot be changed. However, other factors are linked to lifestyle choices and can be changed to reduce risk of stroke.

Inherent Risk Factors

  Age: Older people are at increased risk for strokes
  Gender: Each year, women have more strokes than men do, and stroke kills more women than men
  Heredity: Anyone whose parents, grandparents, or siblings had strokes is more likely to have a stroke
  Race: African-Americans have a greater risk than Caucasians of having strokes because of an increased risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
  Prior Stroke: Someone who has had a stroke is at greater risk to have another

Actions that Limit Stroke Risk

•    STOP  smoking!
•    Eat a healthy diet  --> one that is low in sodium and fat
•    Exercise adequately --> 30 minutes each day
•    Maintain a healthy weight
•    Limit alcohol consumption
•    Control diabetes
•    Control blood pressure
•    Lower LDL cholesterol


LifeBridge Health Stroke Resources

• Stroke Outcomes at LifeBridge Health • Stroke Statistics
• Stroke Quality Measures at LifeBridge Health • Signs & Symptoms of Stroke
• Advanced Stroke Treatment at LifeBridge Health • Stroke Prevention
• Stroke Rehabilitation at LifeBridge Health  • Stroke Team Videos
• Stroke Support at LifeBridge Health • Stroke Education Videos 


To make an appointment with a physician in LifeBridge Health’s Primary Stroke Center, call 410-601-9515
To make an appointment with a physician at Carroll Hospital's Stroke Center, call 410-871-7000.