A stroke, also commonly known as a “brain attack,” occurs when an area of the brain is cut off from blood circulation. Whether this obstruction of blood flow is due to a blood clot or tear in a cerebral artery, this condition is very serious and leads to death of brain tissue within minutes. If treatment is not sought immediately, stroke victims can suffer from disability or even death. At Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, our emergency care team is dedicated to the prevention of stroke and the expert treatment of those medical events that do occur. To avoid the complications of these deadly attacks, read on to learn more about your possible risk factors and how to manage them.
There are many factors that can increase a person’s risk for falling victim to a stroke. These factors are commonly divided into two main categories: controllable and uncontrollable risk factors. Although controllable risk factors can be managed through simple lifestyle modifications and medical treatment, uncontrollable risk factors (such as age, sex, and family history) cannot be changed. Below are some of the most important controllable risk factors associated with stroke.
- High blood pressure
Also known as hypertension, chronic high blood pressure can increase a person’s risk of suffering from a hemorrhagic stroke. To manage this risk factor, speak with your doctor about changing your diet, exercise routine, and medications to lower your blood pressure.
- Cigarette smoking
If you smoke, quit. Smoking cigarettes harms almost every organ in your body, and quitting will improve your overall health dramatically.
- High cholesterol
Having high blood levels of LDL cholesterol promote the development of fatty deposits in your arteries, which can cause an ischemic stroke. Controlling your cholesterol through diet, exercise, and medication can help to prevent an ischemic stroke.
Diabetes, when left untreated, can lead to a variety of harmful complications. Follow your doctor’s advice to keep your blood glucose levels at a healthy range.
If you are looking for more ways to stay healthy and avoid the consequences of a stroke, let the experts at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose be your resource. Call us today at (408) 559-2011 for more information.