Preventing Stroke in Women with Depression

Until further research determines whether the stroke-risk associated with depression can be reduced, and the best ways to do so, lifestyle-related stroke prevention strategies should be considered.

Guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for preventing a first-time stroke include this advice:

  • Keep blood pressure under 140/90 mm Hg.
  • Eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
  • Cut the sodium; increase potassium.
  • Drink only in moderation—no more than one drink a day for women (and two drinks a day for men).
  • Quit smoking if you currently light up.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a normal body weight.

Publication Review By: Karen L. Swartz, M.D.

Published: 19 Jun 2013

Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013