One in six people around the world will have a stroke in his or her lifetime, but fewer than half of all individuals over the age of 50 who are at the highest risk are actually aware of what stroke is, its warning signs and the importance of seeking immediate medical attention. The fact that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented through controlling various risk factors such as diet, exercise and alcohol consumption, further highlights the importance of increasing awareness. An important step in living a stroke preventative lifestyle is to know your risk. To determine your risk, take this quiz provided by the Stroke Association.
If you are at risk, you will want to consult with your healthcare provider to determine what steps you can take to decrease your incidence of having a stroke. In the meantime, here are some quick tips:
1. Know your blood pressure.
2. Find out whether you have atrial fibrillation.
3. If you smoke, stop.
4. Find out if you have high cholesterol.
5. If diabetic, follow recommendations to control your diabetes.
6. Include exercise in your daily routine.
7. Consume a low-sodium, low-fat diet.
Becoming well-informed about stroke, its symptoms, and controllable risk factors is the first step to living a stroke preventative lifestyle. If you are interested in learning how you can reduce your or a loved one’s risk of stroke, join us for tomorrow’s webinar at 11am PDT/2pm EDT, led by Muhammad Shazam Hussain, MD, leading stroke neurologist and Head of the Cleveland Clinic Stroke Program. This is your last chance to register so do so today!