A few simple things to remember that will
If you have already had a stroke or a transient ischaemic
attack (TIA), the use of the blood pressure lowering drug
The National Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit
perindopril in combination with indapamide has been
organisation that works with the public, government,
• Drop the salt! and cut down on takeaway foods and
shown to reduce the chance of a further stroke.
health professionals, patients, carers and stroke
don’t add salt at the table or when cooking.
This is also true for stroke survivors who have ‘normal’
survivors to reduce the impact of stroke on the
• Healthy eating – enjoy a variety foods especially plant
Stop stroke. Save lives. End suffering.
based foods including fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes and wholegrain breads and cereals.
It is important to take your blood pressure
Our challenge is to save 110,000 Australians from death and disability due to stroke over 10 years.
• Get active and try to exercise regularly, at least 30
minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the
decisions about stopping your medication
• Educating the public about the risk factors and
• Limit your alcohol intake. A moderate amount of alcohol
signs of stroke and promoting healthy lifestyles.
can lower your risk of stroke but more alcohol may be
• Working with all stakeholders to develop and
harmful to your health. Stay within recommended limits
The National Stroke Foundation’s StrokeLine provides
• Be smokefree and quit smoking. Call Quit on 131 848
information about stroke prevention, recovery and support.
• Encouraging the development of comprehensive and
• Know your blood pressure numbers; remember the
coordinated services for all stroke survivors
Our qualified health professionals are here for you when
lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of stroke.
you need comprehensive information and help.
One of the most important things you can do is to have
• Encouraging and facilitating stroke research.
Remember, stroke is largely preventable, so contact us
your blood pressure checked regularly and confirmed
today to discover the changes you can make to reduce
your risk of stroke.
Call our toll free service on 1800 787 653 (open business
Blood pressure medications
hours EST across Australia, a message service is available outside these hours). If you leave a message, a health
If you have high blood pressure, or your overall risk of
professional will return your call the next working day
stroke is high because you have multiple stroke risk factors, your doctor may prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure. There are many blood pressure
How can you help?
medications and your doctor may need to increase the dose or use these medications in combination to reduce
Stroke is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in Australia.
We need to raise urgently needed funds to continue our work in a number of areas to reduce the incidence and
Some people will require a number of different ways
to lower their blood pressure (medication and lifestyle
Please show your support and donate today.
changes). However, medication does not cure high blood
pressure, it can only help control it. Most people who are
treated will need to keep taking medication over a lifetime.
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* Note some types of exercises should be avoided by people with high
permission from the National Stroke Foundation.
blood pressure – please ask your doctor about what is best for you.
Note: All information was correct at the time of printing August 2009.
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What is a stroke?
What is blood pressure?
When your blood pressure is consistently
Previous stroke or transient
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force your blood
ischaemic attack (TIA)
A stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke
puts on blood vessel walls as it travels through your body.
Individuals with the highest risk of stroke include those
High blood pressure is the most important risk factor
Blood pressure varies throughout the day and if the
with multiple risk factors and those who have already
reading is high, your doctor may measure your blood
pressure on a number of occasions. You may be asked to
Your blood pressure is expressed with two numbers;
It is recommended that blood pressure be maintained
monitor your blood pressure at home. There are a number
below 140/190 mmHg. However, reduction in blood
of different blood pressure devices you may use to do this.
pressure, irrespective of initial blood pressure levels, has
Talk to your doctor about what is best for you.
been shown to reduce the recurrence of stroke and other
This number is the systolic pressure. It is
the force your blood puts on the blood vessel walls as your heart pumps.
Why does high blood
Reducing blood pressure is particularly important for
When blood is stopped, the brain cannot get the oxygen
patients who have diabetes where levels should be below
it needs, brain cells in the area die and the brain can
This is the diastolic pressure. It is the force
pressure the ‘silent killer’ because
Changing your lifestyle to lower
What are the risk factors
your blood puts on blood vessel walls as your heart is resting between beats.
your blood pressure and risk of
and show no warning signs. If untreated,
Stroke risk is influenced by many factors. Some factors
high blood pressure will increase the risk
such as age, gender and a family history of stroke,
You don’t have to rely on medication alone to control your
of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure
blood pressure. There are a number of lifestyle changes
you can make to help lower your blood pressure and risk
However, there are a number of others that you can
High blood pressure can have many harmful effects
control to help reduce your chances of having a stroke.
which can eventually lead to stroke; for example:
Some people with mild hypertension are able to control
• High blood pressure puts unnecessary stress on blood
their blood pressure simply by making healthy lifestyle
vessel walls, causing the blood vessel to thicken and
changes. Lifestyle changes not only lower blood pressure,
break down, eventually leading to a stroke.
they can increase the effectiveness of blood pressure
medication and reduce risk of stroke, heart attack and
• High blood pressure can speed up common forms
of heart disease that can lead to stroke.
• High blood pressure can increase pressure on the
walls of blood vessels taking blood to the brain and
weaken them, leading to a bleed in the brain known
• High blood pressure can also cause blood clots or
The more risk factors you have, the higher your chances
plaque (cholesterol and other fat like substances) to
of having a stroke. Individuals with the highest risk of
break off artery walls and block a brain artery causing
stroke include those with multiple risk factors and those
who have already suffered a transient ischaemic attack
• High blood pressure can cause a haemorrhagic stroke
in people who were born with irregular formation of the vessel walls in the brain.
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