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Final Thoughts on Strokes in Women

You may be thinking, "But this isn't about me. I won't have a stroke." However, you may have conditions or habits that can lead to stroke, such as being overweight, smoking cigarettes, high blood pressure, or not getting enough physical activity. You may already know about these and other risk factors for stroke. You may know which ones you have. What you may not know, however, is that if you have even one risk factor, you are much more likely to have a stroke, along with its many serious consequences. A damaged brain can damage your life by interfering with enjoyable activities and even your ability to do simple things, such as taking a walk or climbing steps.
But now for the good news: You have tremendous power to prevent stroke -- and you can start today. By learning about your own personal risk factors and making healthy changes in your diet, physical activity, and other daily habits, you can greatly reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Start taking action today to protect your brain. As one doctor put it, "Stroke is a 'now' problem. Later may be too late."
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