How to Minimize Your Risk of Stroke for National Stroke Awareness Month

In the U.S., stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death.

Want to decrease your risk?

At Texarkana Emergency Center, we want to protect our community through education and raised awareness about brain health. Keep reading to learn more about the top stroke risks and what you can do to reduce your chances of having a stroke.


Age. More than three-quarters of all strokes occur in individuals aged 65 and older. In fact, stroke risk doubles every decade after 55, which is why it’s especially important to discuss your individual risk with your physician as a senior adult.

Diet. Eating predominantly high-fat and high-sodium foods can contribute to poor heart health, which in turn may cause blood clots and stroke. Research indicates that eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day can significantly decrease your risk of stroke.

Smoking. It’s no surprise that smoking contributes to stroke, especially when considering that it’s tied to numerous other diseases including heart disease and cancer. Remember, it’s never too late to start making steps towards a healthier you. Need help quitting? Check out this link. 

High Blood Pressure. The leading cause of stroke, high blood pressure, can be treated and even cured with the right steps. Speak with your physician about how to manage and treat your high blood pressure.

Diabetes. Having diabetes, type 1 and 2, significantly raises your individual risk. You can manage your diabetes through a conscientious diet and physical activity.

Physical activity. Living a lethargic, mostly sedentary lifestyle can seriously impact your stroke risk for the worse. Fortunately, your health can benefit immediately from a fitness routine. It’s important to set realistic expectations and to always consult your physician when changing your workout routine.


Stroke affects millions of lives every year. Fortunately, with increased education and awareness, stroke rates have decreased over the past decade and are expected to continue on this trend. Protect your brain health by taking the necessary steps to decrease your risk.

Want to learn more about stroke prevention? Check out this link. 

Nutex Health, Inc. supports you and your family’s health. Come visit Texarkana Emergency Center or any one of our concierge-level freestanding facilities for the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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