Stroke 2Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Some stroke risk factors are hereditary. Others are a function of natural processes or from a persons lifestyle. Some of your risk factors can be modified with the help of a healthcare professional. Dr. Edward Hill discusses stroke risk factors in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death nationwide. Anyone can have a stroke, but certain factors can put you at higher risk. Some risk factors for stroke cant be changedsuch as your:
Family history of stroke at an early age, or
Previous stroke or mini-stroke
But some risk factors for stroke can be changed. Here are some things you can do to decrease your risk:
Have your blood pressure checked frequently. High blood pressure is a primary cause of stroke.
Stop smokingit doubles your risk for stroke. Dont be too proud to ask your doctor for help.
Reduce your weight. Exercise and diet can make a difference.
Keep your diabetes under control, and
Lower your blood cholesterol level if its too high.
If a family member has had a stroke or has heart disease, you may be at higher risk. Its important to make changes now to lower your risk.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.