Am I at Risk for a Stroke? – Find out
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: January 14, 2021
Am I at Risk for a Stroke? – Find out.
We are all human. We are all designed to feel somewhat indestructible. The human body is an amazing machine and when it is running properly – we are somewhat indestructible. But if you are predisposed to certain health risks due to lifestyle, genetics, or prior medical history it is important to ground yourself a little and know what to look out for.
Risk factors include:
- Age – Yes, the older we get the higher the chance. For every 10 years after 55 your likelihood doubles.
- Race – Whites have a lower risk than African Americans.
- Genetics – if prior family members, especially mom or dad, has had a stroke that elevates your risk.
- History of prior stroke – raises your chances exponentially.
- High Blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Heavy alcohol intake
- High fat diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
If you fall into these categories its important to know the warning signs of a stroke. They are also good to know in general to help those around you by being aware and knowledgeable. A stroke happens in the blink of an eye and reaction time is critical to the persons potential for permanent damage and recovery.
IF you suspect someone of having a stroke ask them if they are experiencing the following. Please note that if someone is in the midst of a stroke wrong words will come out. They will seem confused as if they know what they are saying and its not what is coming from their mouths. Be patient and keep asking. If they do seem to mumble gibberish call 911 immediately and let the paramedics decide.
If you can get clear answers – look for:
One sided weakness of the face arm or leg. Ask them to smile and raise their arms. If they smile one side lopsided, or with raised arms only one goes all the way up, it’s a sure sign. Again, call 911 immediately.
Sudden confusion or trouble speaking as mentioned above.
Severe headache with no history or known cause.
Vision issues in one or both eyes.
Strokes are nothing to mess around with and time is of the essence. It is far better to call for help and be wrong than not to and be sorry.
Keeping your circulatory health in check is a great powerful preventative. We would love to see you in our office here in Tampa, Florida or via video for a telehealth visit for a checkup. www.tampacardio.com 813-975-2800.
Posted by: Tampa Cardio