There are many steps that can be taken to reduce your risk of stroke. The most common risk factors for stroke are listed below. Some can be changed through lifestyle modification or medical treatment, while some are hereditary. The best thing you can do to improve your odds is review and become familiar with the risk factors and warning signs.
Some stroke risk factors can be controlled; some cannot. So it's good to ask your family physician how you might minimize your risk. In general, here are some of the factors:
Talk about your concerns with your physician, who can address your specific risk factors. In general, here are some things you can do:
For patients with risk factors, medications for blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol are important preventive measures.
A person who has had transient ischemic attacks (also known as TIAs or ministrokes) or a previous stroke may be treated with aspirin or other antiplatelet or anticoagulant medications to reduce the risk of another attack.
A surgery called carotid endarterectomy is sometimes recommended to reduce the risk of a major stroke. In this procedure, the fatty deposits in the carotid artery that block blood flow to the brain are removed.
Non-surgical options for opening blocked carotid arteries include angioplasty and stenting.
Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.
Stroke is the leading cause of death in the US. Each month, 15 to 20 Tuscarawas County residents have a stroke. Act FAST to get them treatment as quickly as possible.
Patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of experiencing first signs of symptoms tend to be healthier three months after a stroke than those whose care is delayed.