Can aphasia be prevented?

Generally speaking, no. However, reducing your risk of preventable causes of brain damage, such as stroke, and taking steps to maintain brain health as much as possible is always wise advice for a long and healthy life. Healthy living involves eating healthy (follow the Mediterranean or DASH diet); exercising daily; maintaining a healthy weight; limiting alcohol intake; keeping blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol under guideline limits; quitting smoking and getting an adequate amount of sleep.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/09/2019.


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  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. National Institutes of Health. Aphasia Information Page. Accessed 6/4/2019.
  • National Aphasia Association. Aphasia. Accessed 6/4/2019.
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Aphasia. Accessed 6/4/2019.

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