Here’s What Happens When You Have a Silent Stroke

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How are silent strokes treated?

While the damage due to silent strokes can’t be reversed, rehabilitation therapy can help people overcome stroke-related disabilities, and improve memory and speech. If you’ve had a silent stroke, it’s important to take steps to prevent future strokes of any type, silent or otherwise. That would include quitting smoking, and getting blood sugar, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure under control with diet, exercise, and medication, if necessary.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke.”When high blood pressure isn’t well controlled, it is associated with more silent strokes and that damage can add up with time,” Dr. Bhatt says.

Diabetes and high levels of cholesterol are also important stroke risk factors, he says. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a normal weight, and not smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol all work together to control and lower risk for stroke. What’s more, talk to your doctor to make sure you are doing all you can to treat atrial fibrillation.

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