Did you know that 80% of strokes are preventable?
Strokes can be prevented by managing risk factors. Risk factors are related to life style, medical conditions, and other factors that are uncontrollable.
Lifestyle risk factors: poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Lifestyle risk factors are all things that you can choose to change for the better.
Medical risk factors: high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, diabetes, and circulation or blood clotting problems. These risk factors can be controlled with the guidance of your doctor.
Uncontrollable risk factors: age, gender, ethnicity, family history of stroke, personal history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Stroke risk doubles after age 55. Women are at higher risk for stroke than men. African Americans have twice the risk of stroke than people of other ethnicity. One out of every four strokes each year is a recurrent event. TIAs are stroke symptoms that resolve within 24 hours; TIAs are a serious warning sign of a potential future stroke and must be taken seriously.
Note: Since this video was made, stroke has been moved from the 4th leading cause of death to the 5th.
Calculate your personal risk for stroke or heart disease: http://www.cvriskcalculator.com/
More information on stroke prevention: http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/preventing-stroke
American Heart Association / American Stroke Association. (2015). Understanding Stroke Risk. Retrieved from: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/UnderstandingRisk/Understanding-Stroke-Risk_UCM_308539_SubHomePage.jsp
National Stroke Association. (2015). Preventing a Stroke. Retrieved from: http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/preventing-stroke