Stroke- The 3rd leading cause of death- is preventable

Stroke can be prevented

Brain MRI showing area of brain damage caused by stroke

A stroke or brain attack occurs when blood vessels that carry vital oxygen to brain cells are damaged or blocked by blood clot of plaque. The symptoms of stroke are abrupt and depend on the part of the brain that is damaged.

What are the symptoms of stroke?

  • Abrupt onset weakness on one side of body
  • Abrupt change inbalance or walking
  • Slurred speech
  • Facial droop
  • Abrupt loss of vision in one eye or part of vision, double vision
  •  Abrupt sensory changes on one side of body
  • Inability to speak or produce words a condition caused aphasia
  • Acute headache described as “the worse headache of my life”
  • Abrupt onset confusion

Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the US

More statistics about stroke

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in adults.
  • 795,000 people suffer from stroke each year in the US.
  • One-fourth of stroke are in people < 65 yerasl old
  • Stroke affects quality of life and independence since it impacts speech, communication, cognitive, movement, walking and use of hands function
  • Stroke can challenge everyday activities such as the ability to drive, write, perform chores such as dressing and personal hygiene, walk up stairs

Reduce Your risk of stroke

Stroke risk factors and prevention are similar to those listed to prevent heart disease. Blood clotting disorders, heart failure and atrial fibrillation are additional factors that can increase stroke risk.

Medical factors that increase the risk of heart disease include:

• Hypertension (high blood pressure: Current recommendations suggest your BP should be > 140/00.
• Diabetes
• High cholesterol. Current guidelines suggest your total cholesterol should be < 200 and low density lipoprotein (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol) < 130
• Depression
• Sleep apnea
• Dental disease
• Use of certain types of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines

Your lifestyle risk impacts your stroke risk

Increased risk
 Smoking
 Alcohol abuse
 Sedentary lifestyle
 Obesity- especial increased waist circumference (waistline)
Reduced risk
 Aerobic and resistance training
 Stress management
 Diet- Mediterranean and DASH diets you can make a difference and reduce your risk of stroke with healthy brain changes described on this site.

Learn more about how you can prevent stroke by visiting the American Stroke Association

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