Lifestyle factors increase the risk of stroke. These include: smoking, excessive alcohol intake, a diet high in salt and saturated fats, obesity and lack of exercise. A previous stroke or mini stroke, and medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease also increase the risk of stroke. Staff should be aware that modifying lifestyle and treating medical conditions may reduce the risk of stroke.
To advise the individual to seek medical advice concerning adverse lifestyle and medical conditions. Advise the patient that exercise and lifestyle modifications are an important way to reduce risk of stroke.
Benefits to the individual
The individual will receive consistent information and advice about reducing the risk of stroke.
Page last reviewed: 18 Sep 2020