Change Type SizePrint Friendly PageEmail Page

Wellness and Prevention

Each year, two out of every three deaths in the United States are caused by cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke. While there are risk factors for strokes you can’t change, such as age and family history, there are many ways to stay safe from the early warning signs of a stroke. These include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don't smoke
  • Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control
  • Exercise
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Avoid stress
  • Get plenty of rest

For emergency or urgent intra-hospital transfers, please call our 24-hour Stroke Hotline at 847.618.8888.

Smoking increases the risk for stroke

Smoking and tobacco use is known to cause or be linked to many chronic health conditions, including cancer and coronary heart disease. Smoking also increases risk for stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, a smoker's risk factor for stroke is double as compared to a nonsmoker. Among many health hazards, smoking damages blood vessels, increases cholesterol levels and results in high blood pressure. Click here for more facts about the dangers of smoking and information about Courage to Quit® at NCH, a comprehensive tobacco treatment program for adults.

To get a physician referral for your neurological care, call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968) or view our multidisciplinary team of stroke specialists.

Back To Top
Last Updated 04/10/2009