Reducing your risk of having stroke

Use the heart age tool to calculate whether you are at risk of heart disease or a stroke.

High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for a stroke. You can ask for a blood pressure test if you are worried about your blood pressure at any point.

You can get your blood pressure tested at a number of places, including:

  • at your local GP surgery
  • at some pharmacies
  • at some workplaces
  • at home (home blood pressure tests)
  • at an NHS health check appointment offered to adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74.

It's recommended that all adults over the age of 40 should have their blood pressure tested at least every 5 years so any potential problems can be detected early.

There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of a stroke, for example healthy eating, stop smoking, cut down on alcohol intake and manage any other underlying conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes. For more information visit

If you have already had a stroke, making these changes can help reduce your risk of having another one in the future.