Stroke prevention: is it possible?
Yes! In certain high-risk individuals the risk of major stroke can be reduced considerably. The following are some methods that may help to reduce that risk.
- Modification of risk factors.
- A surgical operation to unblock arteries in the neck to improve blood flow to the brain.
- Medication to reduce high blood pressure (antihypertensives).
- Drugs to prevent clots from forming and causing a stroke (antiplatelet agents). Aspirin is commonly used, but it is important to consult your doctor before taking aspirin on a regular basis as some people can't take aspirin because of a bleeding tendency, or for other reasons.
- The use of anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin to prevent blood clots forming in the heart in people with a certain type of irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation).
Last Reviewed: 08 January 2008