Knowing and controlling your risk factors, changing lifestyle habits, making decisions with your healthcare professional to find the best treatment are all critical in the prevention of future strokes. Let us better understand your goals, concerns, and situation.
Overview of Stroke
Having a stroke increases your risk of having another one. In fact, one in four stroke survivors will have a second stroke. However, a high percentage of those second strokes are preventable with a few simple strategies. Managing your blood pressure, getting active, and improving your overall health can go a long way toward reducing the odds that you will have a second stroke.
A Guide to the Prevention of Stroke in Patients with Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack
Ischemic strokes, which account for approximately 85% of strokes, are caused by lack of blood flow to the brain. If you do not address the initial cause of that first stroke, you have a higher risk of suffering another stroke in the future. By addressing potential risk factors, you decrease your odds of having a second stroke and increase your odds of living a longer, healthier life. Your overall health and wellness can have a major impact on your risk of having a second stroke. Diabetes, for example, is a well-established risk factor for stroke. Managing your blood glucose levels and controlling your diabetes, however, can decrease that risk and help you stay healthier. Likewise, if you have high blood pressure, you are at increased risk of hemorrhagic, ischemic, and lacunar stroke. Managing high blood pressure decreases that risk.
Lifestyle management is critical to decreasing stroke risk and improving your overall health. Reducing risk factors can include:
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Improving dietary health
- Avoiding smoking
- Increasing physical activity levels
If you sit for long periods of time, or if you cannot exercise on your own due to the effects of a first stroke, working with a care provider is essential to improving your overall health and wellness.
In addition to managing your lifestyle, it’s important to focus on your overall health in order to reduce the risk of a second stroke and keep yourself healthier. Health management may include:
- Decreasing blood glucose levels
- Managing high blood pressure
- Improving cholesterol levels
- Losing weight
Talk with Us About a Stroke Prevention Plan
If you have already suffered one stroke, you need a comprehensive prevention plan and stroke treatment in Singapore that can help you manage overall health and wellness and decrease lifestyle factors that increase the risk of a second stroke. As you consider how to prevent a second stroke, it’s important to both consider stroke risk factors and to take a look at your overall lifestyle and health in order to develop a plan that will help you decrease those risks.
Evaluate Your Risk Factors
At Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic, we will start with a look at your risk factors for a stroke. Do you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol? Are you obese? Our stroke specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, will also consider other risk factors, including alcohol consumption and tobacco use. With a comprehensive look at your personal risk factors, we can help you better manage your stroke risk in the future.
Create an Individualized Plan
A stroke prevention plan may include a number of key elements. First, it will focus on minimizing risk factors within your control, including helping you get active, decrease alcohol and tobacco use, or manage your diet. Next, it will take a look at any other health concerns and how they may influence your stroke risk. High blood pressure management, diabetes management, and weight management can all go a long way toward decreasing stroke risk.
We Support Your Brain Health at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic
By working with an experienced stroke specialist in Singapore, you can decrease your risk of a second stroke and manage potential risk factors more effectively. Reach out to the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic to connect with our specialized stroke clinic and Dr. Manish Taneja. We handle various stroke conditions and treatments and will work closely with you and your loved ones to create a tailored plan.
Stroke Management and Prevention
The best way to treat a stroke is to prevent stroke. There are well known causes of stroke such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, poor controlled diabetes and smoking. Other risk factors include obesity and unhealthy lifestyle combined with lack of physical activity.
Stroke treatment involves medical management along with control of risk factors to prevent future stroke. Interventional treatments are often required to treat and prevent stroke in patients. One of the most recent and well established interventional treatment for acute stroke since 2015 is to remove clot from the brain causing acute stroke in some of these suitable category of patients.
Stroke screening is best suited for individuals with risk factors for stroke. These include those with known family history and cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption is well recognized as risk factors for stroke.
Stroke screening process involves:
2. Blood tests
3. MRI /CT scan of the brain and its blood vessels.
This non-invasive assessment is followed by appropriate advice/ treatment as required on an individual basis. Stroke screening can also be combined with cardiac and vascular assessment as required since risk factors for these medical conditions overlap.
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Controllable risk factors are lifestyle choices that can be changed to reduce the risk of having a stroke including managing your cholesterol.
We’ve Got You Covered for Specialized Stroke Screening, Prevention, and Management
Imagine heart attacks where the blood flow to your heart is blocked. Similarly, a stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is interrupted becoming a “brain attack”. When blood supply does not reach a certain part, brain cells begin to die. Different types of stroke include ischemic strokes (blockage of blood vessel due to blood clot) or a mini stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), with no permanent damage yet serious. Stroke also occurs when a blood vessel in the brain pops causing bleeding in the brain.
Certain areas of the brain can be affected by stroke and some symptoms of a stroke including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood sugar levels increase the risk of stroke whereas an active lifestyle or controlling high cholesterol reduces the risk. How well do you know stroke? Find tips to prevent and manage stroke, the differences in stroke screening tests, and the newer technology and treatments available. Come in for an easy consultation and further evaluation with our stroke specialist in Singapore at the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic.
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