Stroke Prevention

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

References

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

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Stroke Awareness

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in our country. Many people remain unaware that a stroke can be treated and that disability related to stroke could be prevented or reduced. The majority of all strokes are caused by a blood clot in the brain. In order to receive clot-busting medications or invasive interventions such as clot retrieval, you need to recognize stroke right away and call 911 to be taken to the nearest certified stoke center. The window of opportunity for treating stroke with clot-busting medications is 3 hours from the time of symptom onset.

Remember the “FAST” acronym to quickly recognize a stroke:

F– face drooping

A– arm weakness

S– speech difficulty

T– time to call 911!

Find award winning hospitals and Joint Commission certified stroke centers near you: http://hospitalmaps.heart.org/AHAMAP/map/qimap.jsp

References

American Heart Association / American Stroke Association. (2015). Stroke Warning Signs. Retrieved from: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/WarningSigns/Stroke-Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms_UCM_308528_SubHomePage.jsp

American Heart Association / American Stroke Association. (2015). Stroke Treatment. Retrieved from: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/Treatment/Stroke-Treatments_UCM_310892_Article.jsp

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