Risk of Strokes

10 Stroke Risks You Can Prevent
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Our image of strokes is that they come out of the blue. But the reality is that most strokes come after plenty of warning signs that you're at risk. And according to the National Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. How? By paying attention to the warning signs and taking steps to control or reverse the underlying health issues that up your stroke risk. Here are 10 key factors that experts believe directly contribute to stroke risk -- plus what you can do to control them before it's too late.

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Why Heart Rhythm Problems (Atrial Fibrillation) Put You at Risk for Stroke

When you're diagnosed with an arrhythmia -- a heart rhythm abnormality -- one of the first things your doctor will warn you about is increased stroke risk. That's because atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, makes you five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. A-fib slows blood flow as it moves through the two upper chambers of your heart, allowing it to pool and clot. And once clots begin to travel through the bloodstream, they can lodge in the brain or arteries and cause a stroke.

Lower your risk: The increased stroke risk from A-fib isn't an inevitability; three out of four A-fib-related strokes are preventable. All you have to do is keep your A-fib under control by following your treatment plan carefully and routinely checking your pulse to make sure your heartbeat is regular.


over 1 year ago, said...

What are the added stroke increase factors brought about by poor dental health?


over 1 year ago, said...

Yes I have LOTS of Questions.


almost 2 years ago, said...

warning signs


about 2 years ago, said...

Thank you so much for printing this article. I had two strokes following surgery for Breast Cancer in 2006 and I never put together the relationship of cortisol and the higher risk of stroke. I believe I was a prime candidate for a stroke for many years, and it did not come to pass until my brush with Cancer. I also was on Estrogen Replacement Therapy (Premarin) for 29 years prior to my diagnosis and I never realized what that drug was doing to my body for so many years. I had physicians tell me that Estrogen was the "most important and helpful drug I could take" and to never stop taking it. For 29 years I was a walking time bomb. Besides my family history of strokes, especially at a young age (my Father had his first stroke at the age of 47). Looking back on this experience, I believe my diagnosis of Breast Cancer may have even saved my life since I was taken off that drug the day I was diagnosed. I still suffer terribly from side effects of withdrawing from Estrogen, but I will look at it in a different light and healthier perspective now. I was admitted to Duke Medical Center in October, 2014. The attending physician there had told me after I described the symptoms I have been suffering since the first day I knew "I Had Cancer", the drenching sweats I suffer many, many times daily just walking from one room to the next, the loss of motor function from which I have yet to recover since the strokes; the horrible joint pain I have laughingly called "My Cross To Bear", and a myriad of other symptoms I have chalked up to bad luck have actually saved my life so far. The loss of memory and being unable to speak clearly has been torture for this former public speaker. The physician told me there were two very strong clues which I should follow to get this under control. They were to find 1) a neurologist, to have my nervous system thoroughly checked out, and 2) to find an endochronologist to have my adrenal gland checked. My sweating may have seemed to be overactive "hot flashes" but they have actually been way too severe to be only as a result of my cessation of the prescription drug, Premarin, eight years ago. What a smart man this physician is at Duke Medical Center and how fortunate I am to have been led there for evaluation. I now, finally, have a clear path which my next direction to take to perhaps extend my life span by years. Thank you, CARING.COM for the work you do. I have been an avid follower since 2006; trying to get support for the loneliness of having Breast Cancer and losing so many friends because they did not understand what to do or say after my diagnosis. I finally feel a thread of hope, for the first time in eight years, that I may be able to regain normal functioning in my life again, and become a part of the human race once sgain. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Fran Thibadeau (Smith)


over 2 years ago, said...

Is smoking Marijuana as bad as cigs.?


over 2 years ago, said...

These articles, if taken to heart(no pun) can save your life. Be Aware.


over 2 years ago, said...

The entire article opened my eyes. Starting today, I will eliminate a lot of nonsense from my life. Monday morning, I will make an appointment with my therapist...I suffer from depression and a great amount of stress and to be able to discuss it with someone that will (hopefully) not pass judgement on me should prove very helpful.


almost 3 years ago, said...

It was very helpful, I have read several and find them to be well written and to the point. thank you