Posted on: September 28, 2015

Reducing Your Risk for Stroke

Steps you can take to reduce your risk

There are many ways that you can reduce your risk of experiencing a stroke event. The following tips and resources will help you to reduce your risk.

  • Diabetes or high cholesterol. A diagnosis of high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol requires a medical assessment.
  • Always take your medications as prescribed. If you have questions about your medication talk to a pharmacist or health care provider.
  • Be smoke free. After quitting smoking your risk of stroke will decrease. It’s never too late to quit. Contact your local public health unit to find out what resources are available to help you quit.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Limit your sugar, salt and fat intake. Follow Canada’s Food Guide recommendations.
  • Drink Sensibly. Women should limit themselves to no more than 2 standard drinks a day, with a weekly maximum of 10. Men should drink no more than 3 standard drinks a day, with a weekly maximum of 15.
  • Be physically active by accumulating 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week, in episodes of 10 minutes or more at one time.
  • Manage your stress. Identify the sources of stress in your life, talk to friends and family, take time for yourself and seek help if needed.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.


Heart & Stroke Foundation

Heart and Stroke Foundation Website
Stroke Prevention and Risk Factors
Atrial Fibrilliation
Coping with Stress Brochure
Your Health and Your Weight

Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse

Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Consumption Guideline

Canadian Society For Exercise Physiology

Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines

Smokers Helpline

Smokers Helpline Website

Hypertension Canada

Hypertension Canada Website

Canada’s Food Guide

Canada’s Food Guide