Do you know if you’re at risk of a stroke?
Know someone who’s had a stroke? Do you know the risk factors for stroke you have control over? And more importantly, when you know the risk factors you can change, would you?
A stroke happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood is blocked to a portion of the brain. When brain cells are starved of oxygen, they start to die after only a few minutes.
When brain cells die or are damaged, symptoms show up in parts of the body these brain cells control. Examples of stroke symptoms include sudden weakness, paralysis or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, trouble speaking or understanding speech, and trouble seeing.
A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of having a stroke. So many of the risk factors are controllable.
A major risk is high blood pressure. Get your blood pressure checked regularly and if it’s high, work with your medical practitioner to bring it down. You may be able to lower your blood pressure by losing weight (blood pressure often increases as weight increases), getting regularly exercise, eating a healthy diet, reducing the salt in your diet, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, quitting smoking and cutting back on caffeine.
Another risk is having high cholesterol. Interestingly, factors that contribute to high cholesterol are similar to those that contribute to high blood pressure – smoking, drinking to excess, being overweight and inactive. Additionally a poor diet can contribute to high cholesterol.
It must be said that things like smoking, drinking to excess, being overweight and being inactive are risks themselves.
There are some risk factors you can’t control like age and gender but are you willing to do something good for your health and reduce the risks you can control?
A stroke risk reduction program can be created for you personally at Our Clinic. Combining several the disciplines available at Our Clinic can give you an effective, efficient program to change your level of risk.
Schedule an assessment with the Treatment Navigator at Our Clinic and discuss lowering your risk of stroke. A targeted, tailored plan can be put in place to help you change your risks.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 right away. Don’t drive to the hospital or have someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room. During a stroke, every minute counts.