Stroke Risk Factors

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Anyone can have a stroke at any age. Your chances of having a stroke increase if you have certain risk factors. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these risk factors for stroke in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

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.

You can take steps to lower your stroke risk by changing the factors you can control. The risk factors you can change include:

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 persons 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 devastating and deadly. If you are already at high risk for stroke, reduce your odds by working on these modifiable risk factors.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.