The first step to stroke prevention is knowing your risks and the signs of a stroke. Your risk factors are broken down into two categories: controllable and uncontrollable risk factors.
Controllable Risk Factors:
- High Blood Pressure
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
- Excessive Alcohol Intake
- Being Overweight
- Existing carotid and/or coronary artery disease
Uncontrollable Risk Factors:
- Age – over age 65
- Gender – Men have more strokes while women have deadlier strokes
- Race – African-Americans are at higher risk
- Family history of stroke
Strokes Most Common Symptoms*:
- Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body
- Loss of vision or dimming (like a curtain falling) in one or both eyes
- Difficulty talking, or understanding what others are saying or loss of speech
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
- Loss of balance or unstable walking, usually combined with another symptom
Thrombotic strokes are the most common and account for almost half of all strokes annually. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for a stroke.
Steps for stroke prevention include eating lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet along with two to four servings of fish per week. You must avoid foods with saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol and keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum.
While ten percent of all stroke victims almost full recovery, 25 percent of stroke victims survive with minor impairments. It’s important to act fast: The sooner your blood supply can be restored to your brain, the better chances of recovery with little or no disability.
Ask your doctor at Ford Chiropractic about stroke prevention.