To help reduce your chance of getting a stroke, take the following steps:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and limit dietary salt and fat
  • Stop smoking
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation (1-2 drinks per day)
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Frequently check blood pressure and follow your doctor’s recommendations for keeping it in a safe range
  • Take a low dose of aspirin (75 milligrams per day) if your doctor says it is safe
  • Keep chronic medical conditions under control, including high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Seek medical care if you have symptoms of a stroke, even if symptoms stop
  • Stop the use of recreational drugs (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, amphetamines)

Take the stroke risk assessment from the American Heart Association.