What are the AHA/ASA guidelines for the primary prevention of ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Primary prevention refers to the management of individuals with no history of stroke. Preventative measures may include the use of antiplatelet agents, statins, smoking cessation and exercise. The 2011 AHA/ASA guidelines for the primary prevention of stroke emphasize the importance of lifestyle changes to reduce well-documented modifiable risk factors, citing an 80% lower risk of a first stroke in people who follow a healthy lifestyle compared with those who do not. [22]


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