Did you know that you have control over certain stroke risk factors? In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that approximately 80% of stroke events are preventable if you’re fully aware of your risk factors and do certain lifestyle modifications to control them. Here at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC, in West Monroe, LA, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez can help you identify your stroke risk factors. This way, you can take certain steps to reduce your risk of experiencing a stroke.
Risk factors, both uncontrollable and controllable
Knowing the following risk factors will empower you to take the right preventive measures and prioritize stroke prevention:
- You are older than 55 years old: The American Stroke Association (ASA) states that your risk for stroke doubles for each decade following your 55th
- You’re female: According to the National Stroke Association, approximately 55,000 more females annually will experience a stroke than males.
- You have a stroke history in the family.
- You are Hispanic or African American: The ASA states that these ethnicities are more susceptible to stroke than other ethnicities.
- You’ve already had heart problems: For example, if you have already had a stroke, TIA (transient ischemic attack), or heart attack, your stroke risk might increase. Other health issues associated with stroke include sleep apnea, sickle cell anemia, and atrial fibrillation.
Your stroke risk could likewise increase if these risk factors apply to you:
- You have coexisting health issues: Heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, and other health issues can all raise your stroke risk.
- You’re obese, overweight, and/or sedentary: If you sit around all day and are not regularly receiving sufficient exercise, you’re not only increasing your risk for stroke, but for a myriad of health problems as well.
- You have unhealthy eating habits: Foods rich in fat, sodium, and calories can contribute to high blood pressure and high cholesterol, in turn, raising your stroke risk.
- You’re still smoking: Cigarettes can cause a whole lot of damage to your heart and raise your stroke risk.
Concerned about your stroke risk?
Contact our office, Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC, in West Monroe, LA. Book your consultation with our cardiologist, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez by calling (318) 338-3540 now.