- Hypertension: An estimated 72 million Americans have hypertension. Recommendation: Salt restriction; weightloss; consumption of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dry products; regular aerobic physical activity; and limited alcohol consumption.
- Diabetes: An estimated 8% of the adult population in the United States. Recommendation: Intensive glucose management.
- Cigarette Smoking: There is strong and consistent evidence that cigarette smoking is a major independent risk factor for ischemic stroke. Recommendation: Quit
- Alcohol Consumption: There is strong evidence that chronic alcoholism and heavy drinking are risk factors for stroke. Recommendation: Eliminate or reduce consumption of alcohol.
Archive for November, 2010
TIA and Stroke symptoms are the same. Many people who have a TIA do not seek treatment because the symptoms subside quickly. Up to 40% of all people who experience a TIA will go on to have an stroke. 50% of all strokes occur within the first two days after a TIA. TIA’s are a serious warning sign and should not be ignored. Call 9-1-1 if you experience any one of the following symptoms:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no know cause