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Prevention

Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable.

The risk factors for stroke include: diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, tobacco use, excessive use of alcohol, sedentary lifestyle, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), a history or new onset of irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter) and a family history of stroke.

To help you avoid a stroke, we can help you address your risk factors for stroke, and offer ways to modify those risks. We offer dietary counseling, diabetic counseling, tobacco cessation counseling, as well as medications that are available to treat those risk factors not responsive to lifestyle changes.

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