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Some medical conditions and behaviors can lead to a higher chance of having a stroke. You can help prevent a stroke by eating healthy, exercising, not smoking, and managing any medical conditions you have.
Stroke is a leading cause of functional impairment. Primary prevention is particularly important because a majority of strokes are first-time events. Stroke changes the lives of not only those who experience a stroke but also their family and other caregivers.
A stroke is a medical emergency and should be treated right away. A stroke can lead to brain damage and can sometimes be life-threatening. If a person gets medical treatment right away, there is a better chance of surviving and recovering from a stroke.
Manage your health conditions
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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