If you require emergency medical attention, please call 911 to access your local emergency services.

Stroke Risk Reduction

Women and Stroke Risk Reduction

Stroke Risk Reduction

80 percent of strokes are preventable. Talk to your physician to identify your stroke risk factorsThe National Stroke Association recommends the following guidelines to reduce your risk of stroke.

  • Know your blood pressure: High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. If you have high blood pressure, work with your physician to keep it under control. Have your blood pressure checked at least once each year; check it more frequently if you have a history of high blood pressure.
  • Find out if you have atrial fibrillationAtrial fibrillation can cause blood to collect in the chambers of your heart. This blood can form clots and cause a stroke. If you have atrial fibrillation, work with your physician to manage it.
  • Smoking doubles the risk for stroke: If you stop smoking today, your risk of stroke will decrease.
  • Alcohol use: If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Find out if you have high cholesterolIf your cholesterol is high, work with your physician to control it. High cholesterol can be controlled with diet and exercise; some individuals may require medication.
  • Control your diabetesFollow your physician’s recommendations carefully. Your physician can prescribe a nutrition program, lifestyle changes and medicine that can help control your diabetes.
  • Include exercise in your daily routine: A brisk walk, swim or other exercise activity for as little as 30 minutes a day can improve your health in many ways and may reduce your risk for stroke.
  • Enjoy a lower-sodium, lower-fat dietBy reducing sodium and fat in your diet, you may be able to lower your blood pressure and, most importantly, lower your risk for stroke.
  • Ask your physician if you have peripheral arterial disease (PAD)Women with PAD (blockages in the arteries to your legs) have an increased risk of death and disability from heart attack and stroke. Have your physician check the blood flow to your legs.

Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).


Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials:


Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials: