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How To Prevent Mini Strokes
Call 911: Mini strokes symptoms can be harbingers of something detrimental. If they are due to atherosclerosis or embolized clots then an Aspirin may help, but not if it is a due to bleeding. Other neurologic conditions can look and feel like strokes. You should see a doctor or go to the er immediately. ...Read more
Meds?: You are rather young for a stroke, and prevention may depend on why the first occurred. Make sure that all risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and primary heart problems are controlled. Meds for abnormal heart rhythms, and anti-platelet preps may be useful. Rarely, patients who have migraine, take bcp's, and smoke experience stroke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strict veg diet: If a patient turns vegetarian avoiding foods from animal origen and avoid any oils and avoiding even fish the formation of plaques of cholesterol is less or reverse ( disappears) according to dr. Orlich. Once stroke happens, a lot of physical therapy ( including speech and occupational therapy) is fundamental for recovery. Low sodium. Treatment of htn, Aspirin or anticoagulant ( if not contraind). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reversible risk: The primary way to prevent stroke is to check for and control reversible risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Certain other medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, arrthythmias, and clotting disorders also increase stroke risk and should be managed aggressively. Daily low-dose Aspirin is useful in some cases- ask your pcp if it is a good idea for you. ...Read more
Stay healthy: Watch diet, exercise regularly, treat and control hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol (espec triglycerides), diabetes, and any other causes of "hardening of the arteries". Elevation of homocysteine should be checked and treated, if necessary. A good internist or family doctor can assist all of the above. ...Read more
Manage risk factors: There are some non-modifiable risk factors for stroke: being male, genetics. The key is to manage the modifiable risk factors: * don't smoke * exercise * keep blood pressure under control * keep cholesterol under control * if you have diabetes, keep that under control * daily aspirin these things will not prevent 100% of strokes, but they would markedly reduce the risks. ...Read more
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