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Preventing Another Stroke

The prevention of stroke is a three-part process:

  • Modification of lifestyle
  • Selection of the appropriate prevention medications
  • Surgical procedures to remove blockages in arteries that could lead to a stroke

Read about procedures we offer to treat and prevent strokes.

UC San Diego Stroke Center works closely with you to help prevent stroke. We provide:

  • A careful review of your medical history, along with a thorough neurological and physical exam.
  • Explanation of all studies and clinical trial opportunities that may be suitable for you.
  • A complete and individualized plan to help you prevent another stroke. We take your own risk factors and prior treatments into account.

Lifestyle Modification

You may need to modify any of the following stroke risk factors to reduce your chances of having another stroke:

  • Tobacco use
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Alcohol consumption

Stroke Prevention Medications

Stroke researchers at UC San Diego have led the country in several studies designed to identify medications that are most successful in preventing strokes and TIAs. Some drugs alter the ability of the blood to clot by preventing platelets from aggregating.

Aspirin is the most common example, but two other agents, Clopidogrel and Ticlopidine, have also been proven to prevent stroke.

Coumadin or warfarin is a different type of agent that alters the ability of the blood to clot by interfering with certain proteins in the bloodstream. This can give the same protection against stroke as aspirin, but only for certain types of stroke. This is another reason to complete a stroke prevention analysis if you have risk factors for stroke.