Can Mini-Strokes Be Prevented?
Mini-Stroke PreventionA person can lower his or her chances of having a mini-stroke by understanding the risk factors for it, and then using that knowledge to make good decisions to control mini-stroke risk factors.
Why is mini-stroke prevention important? Because one-third of people who have a mini-stroke will go on to have a stroke within five years, and effective treatment of mini-stroke risk factors can significantly reduce this risk.
The steps for effective mini-stroke prevention usually involve:
- Knowing your mini-stroke risk factors
- Monitoring your health and making lifestyle changes
- Possibly taking medication or having a procedure
- Knowing signs of a mini-stroke or stroke (see Stroke Symptoms).
(Click TIA Prevention to learn more about preventing a mini-stroke.)