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What can I do to prevent a second stroke? Stroke can strike at anytime, becoming more common as you grow older. Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of stroke—at any age—with the following strategies: • If you smoke, talk to your healthcare provider about nicotine replacement and other stop-smoking aids. Smoking almost doubles your risk of stroke. But your risk will start decreasing as soon as you give up cigarettes. • Limit your salt intake to help control your blood pressure. Processed foods, such as snack foods and frozen entrees, are the source of most salt in the American diet. • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. Heavy drinking, as well as binge drinking, increases stroke risk. • Look for ways to eat more fruits and vegetables. Serve fruit for dessert, for instance. • Choose whole-grain cereals and breads. • Get moving … for at least 30 minutes every day. Go for a brisk walk or a bike ride. • Ask your healthcare provider whether you should take aspirin. A daily aspirin may help prevent stroke in certain people. • Practice good dental habits to prevent gum disease. People with gum disease have a higher stroke risk. • Seek treatment for depression. Depressed adults are more likely to suffer strokes. 11


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