If you had an ischemic stroke – a stroke caused by a blocked artery in the brain – medicines and lifestyle changes can help to lower the chances of having another stroke. If you had a transient ischemic attack or “TIA,” these same things can help prevent a full-blown stroke.
Medicines and lifestyle changes work together to give the most benefit. It’s very important that you take all the medicines your doctor prescribes. It’s just as important to make the lifestyle changes your doctor recommends.
If you had a stroke or TIA, your doctor or nurse will prescribe medicines to lower your risk of having another stroke. Some of these medicines work by “lowering your risk factors.” That means that they help lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Other medicines help by keeping blood clots from forming. (Blood clots cause many strokes.)