How to Avoid a Stroke

How to Avoid a Stroke

Although your family history and ethnic background may be risk factors you cannot control, there are many lifestyle choices that may provide you some protection from stroke.
Quitting or never smoking, eating the right foods, maintaining a healthy weight, and participating in regular exercise are a few ways you can improve your overall health and protect yourself from stroke.

Learn more about how to avoid a stroke.

Healthy Recipes to make and share

Heart health and brain health go hand-in-hand. What is good for your heart is also good for your brain. The Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute and several well-known local chefs teamed up to provide great tasting – and healthy – recipes. Check them out – and make a commitment to eating well for your heart AND your brain.

Watch videos of Seattle's all-star chefs preparing their healthy recipes.


Our stroke team



For stroke survivors

Visit Stroke Smart or Stroke Connection for information on recovery, resources and support.


Signs of a stroke

F – Face:
Ask the patient to smile. Does one side droop?
A – Arms:
Does one arm fall down when the patient holds both arms up?
S – Speech:
Is the patient’s speech slurred or garbled?
T – Time:
If you suspect stroke, time is critical. Call 911 immediately.


Classes and Events


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One Patient's Story
Judith knew she needed help. The Swedish Stroke Team was there for her.
Read Judith's story.



How you can help

Swedish is constantly working to ensure patients with debilitating neurological disorders have access to the best treatment options, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art facilities.

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