Once thought to be unpreventable and untreatable, stroke is understood to respond to several preventive strategies.
Overview: The best way to prevent a first-time stroke is to identify at-risk patients and control as many risk factors as possible. Some risk factors, such as smoking, can be eliminated; others, such as hypertension and carotid artery stenosis, can be controlled or treated to reduce the risk of stroke. Nurses are encouraged to work with patients to identify all risk factors in order to reduce the prevalence of this medical condition that costs billions of dollars annually and results in significant disability.
Laura R. Sauerbeck is an assistant professor of research in the Department of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati.
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