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In my job, I interview all types of people, from an average, small-town resident to the Governor. I typically don’t think much of it, but this week, the two people I interviewed made me a bit angry. Of course, as an unbiased reporter, I listen and make no judgments either way. They were smokers and had been for years. My mother is a chain smoker, so I don’t have anything against smokers, personally. And while I wish my mother would quit, I realize if people want to risk their lives, then that’s their business. But when their habit risks my life, that’s what makes me angry. The two women I interviewed didn’t risk my life, but they admitted they did risk the lives of their children. I was in the smoking section of one of our local hospitals when I interviewed the two smokers. Both were patients. One just had a baby; the other was pregnant with her fourth child. The first one said she smoked at home and around her children. The other said she didn’t smoke around her children,...
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 ...
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