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What are the treatment and prevention measures for a stroke?

Common treatments to prevent stroke include aspirin; statins for cholesterol; and blood pressure, diabetes and blood-thinning medications. If symptoms should occur, patients who reach the ER within several hours of stroke symptoms beginning may receive a “clot-buster."
Prevention of a stroke starts with controlling blood pressure and cholesterol. Other habits you can do are to stop smoking, control alcohol use, control diabetes and ensure healthy diet and exercise habits. You should educate yourself on signs of a stroke, including slurred speech, weakness or numbness on one side of the body and sudden vision changes. Treatment of stroke includes rehabilitation for speech and physical therapy for strength and balance training.

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