What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Chances of Stroke
Stroke is not only the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but it is the primary cause of long-term disability among American adults. What’s even more shocking than these staggering statistics is that stroke is preventable in about 80% of cases. Therefore, stroke prevention should be a priority in your healthy lifestyle guided by the caring staff at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Here is a look at some of the stroke prevention facts to know during National Stroke Awareness Month this May.
Stroke has silent risk factors.
A large number of stroke cases are ischemic strokes, which are caused by blood clots in the blood vessels leading to the brain. Clots of this nature are likely to develop in individuals who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or unstable blood sugar. These risk factors do not tend to show symptoms until serious complications arise, so it is important to see your doctor for check-ups to measure your circulatory health.
Simple changes can dramatically lower your risk.
You do not have to drastically change your lifestyle to take control of your stroke risk. Small steps can significantly lower your risk by helping you to lose weight, improve your circulation, and drive down your bad cholesterol levels. These steps include adding one to two hours of weekly exercise to your routine, reducing salt and saturated fats in your diet, and avoiding tobacco use. If you are living with diabetes, you may need to implement a few extra changes—including medication management and regular communication with your doctor—to reduce your stroke risk.
For a more personalized look at your stroke risk and strategies to lower it, consult Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Our Certified Primary Stroke Center has earned the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association, and we are available 24/7 to provide you and your loved ones with the specialized care needed to survive and thrive following a traumatic stroke. Learn more about our stroke care and prevention services on our website or give us a call through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727.