Stroke doesn’t often grab media headlines, yet every four minutes someone dies from it. The physical effects of stroke and the recovery process can be overwhelming for your clients, not to mention the financial impact.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the average hospital admission for ischemic stroke is $9,100 per stay, and $19,500 per stay for hemorrhagic stroke. Procedures involving angioplasty and/or stents can run upwards of $41,000. Then you have the drugs, physical therapy, and possible long-term care.

The best strategy for treating stroke? Preventing it in the first place. There are plenty of proactive steps we can take to slice our risk factors and safeguard our savings. Here’s what you need to know.