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Health.com: 17 Surprising Things That Affect Stroke Risk

Lower Blood Pressure

Normal blood pressure is lower than 120 mmHg (systolic pressure) over 80 mmHg (diastolic pressure). Keep those numbers tightly in check to help avoid a stroke.

A study found people with even slightly elevated blood pressure—a condition known as prehypertension—have a 55% greater risk of having a future stroke. Prehypertension is defined as a systolic pressure between 120 and 139 or a diastolic pressure between 80 and 89. People at the top range of those numbers have a 79% greater risk of stroke.

To control blood pressure, exercise regularly, eat healthier, drop a few pounds, don't smoke, and take your blood pressure medication. You can’t feel high blood pressure, so you may be tempted to skip it—Don’t!

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