Stroke. Precautionary measures
There is no sure option for preventing a stroke. However there are things you personally can do to minimise the risk. This includes a healthy lifestyle, avoiding or treating risk factors as well as heeding alarm signals. In this way half of all strokes could be avoided. The German Stroke Foundation (Deutsche Schlaganfallhilfe) has produced a questionnaire where people can assess their risk of a stroke using these risk factors. The likelihood reduces by 20 per cent by giving up smoking, by 40 per cent with the correct treatment for high blood pressure, and by 80 per cent through blood-thinning medication for dysrhythmias.
How can you minimise your risk of having a stroke?
Minimise your risk of having a stroke
- With diabetes: consistent treatment, diet
- With high blood pressure: consistent treatment
- Diet (low cholesterol) and possibly medication for metabolic disorders
- Don't smoke!
- Avoid obesity
- Adequate fluids (minimum 1.5 to 2 litres a day)
- Sport, physical activity, enough exercise
- no alcohol abuse
- in the event of suspicious symptoms, even if they quickly die down, seek immediate treatment
- consistently take prescribed medication as instructed by your doctor (e.g. Aspirin, Marcumar)
- Only take the pill after consulting a doctor
A stroke usually causes drastic changes in the lives of the patient and family members. Read more about definition, symptoms and causes.
Diagnostics & Therapy
How is a stroke detected and treated? Read more about diagnostics and the treatment in our hospitals.
These clinics specialize in the treatment of a stroke and neurological diseases.