Every year, more than 10,000 people in Ireland have a stroke. Stroke is the biggest cause of acquired disability and third biggest cause of death in this country. Two thirds of those who have a stroke are aged 65 years and older, but stroke can occur at any age.
Your risk of getting a stroke is increased by certain things in your lifestyle which you can change, and by certain things about you, such as your age or your family history, which you cannot change.
The good news is that by making small changes to your lifestyle and by taking medications for certain conditions as directed by your doctor, you can reduce your risk of stroke. The health benefits of stopping smoking, reducing your cholesterol and blood pressure, eating a healthy diet and being more active have a big impact on reducing your risk of stroke and preventing further strokes.
By making small changes to your lifestyle you can reduce your risk of having a stroke and can prevent repeat strokes.
Source : www.stroke.ie