Stroke 2

Tuesday, 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.

Dr. Hill:

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:

Age

Gender

Race

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.