For most of my medical career, stroke was the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer. Just a few years ago, chronic lower respiratory tract disease surpassed stroke.
Stroke continues to fall in rank and fell recently to fifth place, overtaken by accidents (unintentional injuries).
Even non-fatal strokes can be devastating.
Reduce your risk of stroke by maintaining normal blood pressure, not smoking, exercise regularly, living at a healthy weight, limiting your alcohol consumption, don’t get diabetes, and limit your age to 55. It’s also important to seek medical attention if you have a TIA (transient ischemic attack).
I also think the Mediterranean diet helps.