Knowing the risk factors for stroke and working with your care team to lower your risk can reduce your chance of disability.
If a stroke happens, rapid treatment will give you the best opportunity for a full recovery. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs for stroke and what to do if you or a loved one develops symptoms of a stroke.
Anyone – men, women and people of all ages and races – can have a stroke. Certain lifestyle choices and health conditions can increase your risk. The good news is that you can reduce your chances of having a stroke by living a healthy lifestyle. If you need help improving your health to prevent a stroke, you can work with our dedicated Novant Health care team to get medication or other treatments.
Risk factors that can be controlled:
Risk factors that cannot be controlled:
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If you have risk factors, talk with your Novant Health provider about how to lower your risk. If you do not have a provider, contact us to find one near you.
During a stroke, every second counts. Treatment is most effective when started right away. If you have any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately if you experience:
Less common signs of a stroke may include:
The letters in the word FAST can help you remember the warning signs of a stroke and what to do:
Do not ignore these warning signs, even if they go away. You may have other medical problems, including a transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke), which has the signs and symptoms of a stroke, but goes away after a period of time. A TIA is caused by a temporary lack of adequate blood and oxygen (ischemia) to the brain.
If you’ve had a stroke, we’re dedicated to caring for you when and where you need us. Novant Health’s hospitals are nationally recognized by The Joint Commission for advanced stroke care. Our talented clinicians are available 24-hours a day. This means we can offer world-class stroke treatment more quickly, improving your chance for a healthy recovery.