What's the likelihood of a second stroke?

Deborah Davis
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
There are alarming statistics concerning the occurrence of a second stoke in patients who have survived a first.  The American Heart Association and  American Stroke Association estimates nearly a third of the strokes which occur every year in the United
States are second strokes.  Also, physicians contend there is a 40% chance of having a second stroke within five years of the first.  Fortunately, there are many actions that can be taken to reduce the chances of a reoccurrence.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It depends, because there are so many kinds of strokes. Certainly, many strokes are caused by high blood pressure. For those people, there's a 20 percent recurrence rate within two years if they control their blood pressure, compared to a 50-percent rate if they don't. You can lower that 20 percent even more (by about 70 percent more) by avoiding smoke (even second-hand), eating healthy fats (like 2 grams of distilled fish oil or an ounce of walnuts a day-see question and answer two above)), controlling stress and meditating daily, taking 162 mg of aspirin a day if your doc says it's ok, and taking 200 mg of coenzyme Q10 a day.
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