We've learned that having Migraines increases our risk of stroke . That makes it even more important for us to learn about stroke and discuss reducing our risk factors for stroke with our doctors.
Saturday, October 29, is World Stroke Day. The theme of the day is One in Six: Act Now! It highlights the reality that one of every six people worldwide has a stroke. Stroke is the second-leading cause of death in the world behind heart disease. In the United States, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of one every three to four minutes.
The World Stroke Organization, which sponsors World Stroke Day annually, encourages us to Act Now by taking these six challenges to lower stroke risk:
Know the risk factors for stroke— high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and high blood cholesterol — and keep them in a healthy range.
Be physically active.
Eat a healthy diet.
Limit alcohol consumption.
Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to ...
Surviving a brain injury or "brain attack" is not quite like surviving from any other type of clotting or bleeding problem. Years after a gastrointestinal bleeding episode, you may only have a bad memory, but you don't have to live with the problem every day, or overcome it every minute. In fact, you may have months during which you don't think of it at all. Years after a heart attack , or even coronary bypass surgery , you can still work, do your ordinary activity, and be surprised when someone makes a comment that you have a "heart condition". In fact, my secretary once remarked that she was quite surprised when she came to work with me about how few of my patients were limited by their heart and how few actually died from their heart condition . Unfortunately, I can't say the same for my patients who have suffered a stroke . There can be nothing more frightening or less amusing than finding yourself attached to an arm that won't respond, a leg tha...
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