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Advice for lowering stroke risk

The NHS is encouraging people to learn the signs of a stroke. Photo: NHS

A new report reveals more than 110,000 people could be saved from having a stroke in the future.

According to the Stroke Association there will be more than two million stroke survivors in the UK by 2035.

It is thought that up to 80% of strokes are preventable and experts say we must all take responsibility in order to prevent those numbers rising.

The NHS says the best way to help prevent a stroke is to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol.

For people who have already had a stroke, making these changes can help reduce your risk of having another one in the future:

  • Diet

A low-fat, high-fibre diet is usually recommended, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoiding too much salt.

  • Exercise

Regular exercise (at least 150 minutes a week) can help lower cholesterol and keep blood pressure healthy.

  • Stop smoking

Smoking significantly increases your risk of having a stroke because it narrows your arteries and makes your blood more likely to clot.

  • Cut down on alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure and trigger an irregular heartbeat, both of which can increase your risk of having a stroke.

You can find more information and advice for preventing a stroke on the NHS website. You can also find a list of signs someone may be having a stroke.