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Prevent stroke from affecting your life

Additionally, certain habits, disorders and diseases can heighten the chance of stroke, particularly if you have Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension, atrial fibrillation or elevated cholesterol; or if you are a smoker, overweight or inactive.

Measures, however, can be taken to reduce risks.

"Seek and continue treatment for hypertension, stop smoking, or if you are a nonsmoker, don't start," Dougherty said. "Exercise regularly, manage cholesterol [and] achieve and maintain an ideal weight."

For more information on stroke and stroke prevention, check with your physician or visit The American Stroke Association Web site, strokeassociation.org.

St. Camillus is a not-for-profit healthcare facility featuring comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services including subacute and brain injury rehabilitation programs. Its Inpatient Brain Injury Program is one of the only state accredited inpatient Traumatic Brain Injury units in Central New York. The Outpatient Brain Injury Program is a continuation of those services, focused on helping brain injury survivors achieve their maximum potential to return to independent living.

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