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by J. Alford

There are many risk factors for a stroke, some controllable and some uncontrollable. No one is immune from strokes, meaning it can happen to you or any of your loved ones. So how do you prevent it? Unfortunately sometimes you can’t. Educate yourself on the controllable risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure, tobacco use, alcohol use and obesity. Take care of your health and your body. See a doctor regularly to decrease your risks. If you smoke; stop, if you consume a lot of alcohol; don’t and if your out of shape; work out. Working out on a regular basis helps your blood circulation allowing blood to move more efficiently reducing your risk for plaque or blood clots. Eating healthy and drinking a lot of water helps keep the toxins or unfavorable fats out of your system. It is all about balance. Even if the risk is a medical risk such as diabetes there are still ways to control it. Here is a website that describes the risk factors: Stroke Risk Factors – Am I at Risk for a Stroke? – National Stroke Association


If you are a stroke survivor or feel you are at risk of a stroke we urge you to take a look at the Stroke Risk Scorecard:


People typically identify a stroke as asymmetrical weakness or paralysis, slurring of speech and face droop. These are not the only signs of strokes. Strokes can have symptoms as simple as a headache. Headaches can present many symptoms, light sensitivity, dizziness, blurred vision, etc. It is important that you recognize the difference. Light sensitivity is different from vision loss, being light headed is different from being dizzy and having a loss of balance when standing up is different from being unable to stand overtime with no change. Strokes can be tricky and can appear as other illnesses. If you feel as though you may have had a stroke it is important to get emergency help. It is better to be safe than sorry. For more signs and symptoms visit: Stroke Symptoms – National Stroke Association