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Preventing stroke

If you're worried about your risk of having a stroke there are some things you can do.

Cardiovascular risk assessments

Your GP or nurse can help you do a Cardiovascular risk assessment or you can do it yourself. A cardiovascular risk assessment gives an estimate of how likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke within the next five years. It takes into account your health and risk factors.

The age you should start having cardiovascular risk assessments depends on your sex, ethnicity and other risk factors. See Cardiovascular risk assessment for details.

Reducing your risk factors

You can’t control all risk factors, but lifestyle changes can help you lower some risks. This means:


Take any medication your doctor prescribes to reduce your risk of stroke. Your doctor might prescribe medicine to:

They might also prescribe anti-clotting medicines, such as aspirin or clopidogrel.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created April 2018.

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