Stroke Risk Factors
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Anyone can have a stroke, but certain factors can put you at a higher risk. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about these factors in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death among Americans.  There are certain known risk factors for stroke.  Some can be modified, others you cannot change.

The risk factors that cannot be changed include age, gender, race and family history of stroke.

These are some of the risk factors you can change in your favor.

• Have your blood pressure checked frequently. According to the National Stroke Association, controlling your blood pressure can decrease your risk of a stroke by 40 percent or more.

• Stop smoking. It doubles your risk of stroke.

• Maintain a healthy weight.

• Keep your diabetes under control. Having diabetes doubles a person’s risk for stroke because of circulation problems associated with the disease.

• Lower your cholesterol level. High amounts of cholesterol can cause blockage of the arteries to the brain.

Stroke is a devastating and deadly disease.  If you are already at high risk for stroke, take charge of your odds by working on these modifiable risk factors.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.