How to minimise your risk of having a stroke if you can’t take blood thinning medication

In the UK, around 113,000 people suffer from a stroke each year. There are over 1 million stroke survivors living in the UK.

If you have previously suffered from a ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot) or have a heart condition that may lead to a stroke then you may be prescribed blood thinning medication. This can help to reduce the risk of a having a blood clot and therefore a stroke.

However, some patients are unable or not willing to take this medication. This can include:

  • Risk of bleeding

  • Risk of falling

  • Personal preference

For these people it is important that they look at different pathways to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Here are some lifestyle changes that you can make to improve your heart health and therefore reduce the risk of having a stroke:

  • Quite smoking

  • Remain active (at least 150 mins of moderate exercise a week)

  • Follow a healthy diet (having variety of foods in your diet can help to control your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Changes such as reducing your salt intake and swapping saturated fats for unsaturated fats can help to keep your heart healthy)

  • Try to maintain a healthy/normal blood pressure, blood sugar level and cholesterol

All of these tips will help to reduce your risk of stroke while also improving your general health. If you would like to find out more about strokes please click here

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about managing your stroke risks please contact us on 0207 034 8972 or email us at info@lcandva.co.uk

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.