A stroke is a serious, potentially fatal episode in which blood flow stops in part of the brain. This is also referred to as a “brain attack” because it occurs in much the same way as a heart attack. Like heart attack, stroke can be prevented through healthier habits and awareness of the many risk factors that exist with this condition. Here are some quick facts to help you better understand your risk of stroke and work to reduce it.
80% of strokes are preventable
There are controllable and uncontrollable factors at play when you consider your stroke risk, but controllable factors have a much more significant impact. These include hypertension, diabetes complications , and obesity, which are all prevalent health issues among American adults.
Preventing stroke risk pays off with overall health
All of the controllable risk factors for stroke relate to other areas of your health, so changing your habits will be beneficial for more than just one reason. For example, smoking increases your stroke risk while also putting you at risk for lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases, so quitting will show improvement across the board when you see the doctor for your next check-up.
Stroke survivors can experience recurrent stroke
You might think if you have had a stroke that you do not need to worry about prevention. However, just the opposite is true. If you suffer a stroke, you are 40% more likely to have a stroke in the future than someone who has never had such an episode. Working through a rehabilitation program will be the best way to prevent stroke if you are a stroke survivor.
Good Samaritan Hospital can help you get more in-tune with your stroke risk and start on the path to prevention through our accredited Stroke Center and H2U healthy living program. Learn more about these and more of our hospital services on our website or at (408) 559-2011.