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Can I have an ischemic stoke more than once?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Individuals who have had an ischemic stroke (cerebral infarction) can have this stroke more than once. Their risk is highest in the first several weeks or months after the initial stroke. About 1 of every 4 people who have an ischemic stroke will have another one within five years, further damaging their function. To try to avoid a second stroke, control as many of the risk factors as possible.

Yes, you can have an ischemic stroke more than once. People that have had a stroke before are at a higher risk for having another stroke later in their life. This is why being evaluated is very important; that we can look for anything we can to lower the risk going forward.

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