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Stroke, the basics

Stroke affects 1 in 6 of us. How can you avoid it?

What is stroke?

A Stroke occurs when a blood vessel becomes damaged, narrowed or blocked, restricting or preventing blood carrying oxygen reaching brain cells.

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Working age stroke rates?

One in 4 strokes affect people under 65 – over 2,000 annually. Some lifestyle changes will reduce the risk!

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High blood pressure is no.1 risk for stroke

6 out of 10 adults over 45 have high blood pressure. It’s a silent risk so the only way to know you have it, is to get checked.

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Get your blood pressure checked

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Stroke Prevention

What can you do to avoid stroke?

Understanding your risk

80% of strokes are preventable and understanding the risks, is the first step to avoiding one.

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Tips For Quitting Smoking

Stroke is yet another reason to give up smoking. Yes, it's difficult but it's really important – and you'll feel the benefits immediately!

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Cut down on salt

Too many of us are eating twice the salt amount we need every day which won’t help with blood pressure. Cut down today – a teaspoon is all you need!

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Tips on drinking less

Another reason to mind your drinking but it's not all doom and gloom. You can drink less and still have a fulfilling social life.

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Enjoy some healthy recipes

A blood pressure-friendly diet doesn't mean giving up everything you love. Watching what you eat can have delicious results!

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A pulse check can detect risk of stroke

2 for 1: At your blood pressure check, your heart rate is measured too. A pulse check can help detect an irregular heartbeat (A-Fib) which is another cause of stroke.

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Get your blood pressure checked

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More Lifestyle Factors

Healthy Eating Changes

Simple changes to your eating habits will make a big difference – and not just to your blood pressure. You'll probably enjoy your food more.

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Be Active

Blood vessels don't like inactivity. Even moderate exercise improves the flow of blood and helps carry oxygen around the body, so it's important to include activity in your day.

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Learn some stress-busting techniques

Stress can increase both your blood pressure and your heart rate. Only you can change the way you react to stress.

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Stroke Survivors

Over 30,000 people are living with a stroke related disability in Ireland

"At first I thought I was hungover. I had a stroke at 28 years old."

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"I was lucky not to have a stroke due to high blood pressure"

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“I thought I was invincible, but then I had a stroke at 41”

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