Based on the type of stroke, a number of interventions are necessary to reduce risk:
- Medications that reduce the chance of blood clots by preventing platelets (a type of blood cell) from sticking together.
- Medications to help prevent blood clots from forming. Medications that help to prevent additional blood clots from forming are called anticoagulants, as they prevent the coagulation of the blood.
- Medications to treat existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart, or blood pressure problems.
- Medications used to lower cholesterol levels- certain cholesterol lowering medications known as Statins have been shown to reduce recurrent stroke risk in the SPARCL trial.
- Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and exercising regularly.
Learn more about Stroke Prevention.
For more information, contact The Johns Hopkins Hospital Stroke Center at 410-955-2228.
If you have questions about the Stroke Prevention And Recovery Center, please call us at 443-287-8514.