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For more information on Stroke please check this out; http://tiensshop.co.uk/Stroke-c2_49.html
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 ==== ====For more information on Stroke please check this out;http://tiensshop.co.uk/Stroke-c2_49.html ==== ====It is estimated that 750,000 Americans will experience a stroke this year. Of this number, 160,000will die and the rest will forever have their lives changed in significant and profound ways. AfricanAmericans are twice as likely to die from a stroke as Caucasians and the rate of having their firststroke is almost double that of Caucasians. One half of all African American women will die fromeither a stroke or heart disease. For those with sickle cell anemia, 11% will have experienced astroke by the age of 20. Pretty depressing until you read the next line: "... 80% of strokes are preventable!" You Have the Power to Make a Significant Change!That's not me saying this but the National Stroke Association. This statement means that 600,000Americans could prevent their strokes from occurring this year. You have the power to make asignificant difference in how strokes are going to affect you and your community. You can bothprevent a stroke and lessen the damage from a stroke if you know what to do. What is a Stroke?A stroke is really a "brain attack!" Just like a heart attack effects the heart, a stroke or "brainattack" affects the brain. Vital blood and oxygen to the brain cells are cut off resulting in some levelof damage to the effected brain tissue. Most strokes happen when the artery or blood vessel isblocked by a blood clot or by the gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits or by sicklecells which tend to sick together once they have changed into their sickle shape. In some cases, astroke can be caused when an artery or blood vessel ruptures at a weak spot in the wall of thatartery or blood vessel. Every stroke is different since it depends upon the area of the brain that has been affected and theamount of time that area has been without oxygen. Strokes are also classified according to theirseverity. A mini-stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) is a brief episode of stroke-likesymptoms that can last from a few minutes to 24 hours. TIAs usually cause no permanent damageor disability but are serious warning signs of an impending stroke. It is estimated that 35% ofpeople who experience a TIA will have another stroke. Statistically it breaks down this way: o5 to 14% will have an additional stroke within one year. oWithin the next five years, 24% of women and 42% of men will have an additional stroke. Again, this can seem overwhelming and depressing until you remember that: "... 80% of strokes are preventable!" 
This means you can take steps on the front end to prevent a stroke and you can take steps afteryou have had a stroke to prevent an additional one. Risk Factors: Uncontrollable vs. Controllable!Everyone has some level of risk to having a stroke. It is important to understand the risk factorsthat contribute to a stroke. Some of the risk factors are controllable. Some of the risk factors arenot. We will first look at the uncontrollable risk factors for stroke: oAge. Although a stroke can happen at any age, your risk increases with age. After age 55, therisk for a stroke doubles for every decade. Although you have no control over your chronologicalage, you do have the ability to reduce your biological age. oGender. A stroke is more common in men but more lethal in women. oRace. For African Americans, the risk of a stroke is twice the rate for Caucasians. Hispanics andAsian/Pacific Islanders are also at a higher risk than Caucasians. oFamily History. If someone in your family has had a stroke, then you are at a higher risk for astroke. Part of this could be genetics and part could be lifestyle. You have no control over thegenetics but you certainly have control over your lifestyle. oPrevious Stroke or TIA. If you have had a stroke or TIA then you chance of having another strokein the next 5 years is 25 to 40% depending upon your gender. As you can see from the above list, there are certain factors that you do not have any control over.The good news is that you have multiple ways to offset the above uncontrollable risk factors. Ourcompanion article "11 Action Steps That May Prevent Strokes!" will go into greater depth on theactionable steps that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke through the following controllablerisk factors: oControl High Blood Pressure. High blood pressure increases stroke risk 4-6 times and is the #1risk factor for a stroke. You have the power to positively impact this area. oControl Heart Disease especially Atrial Fibrillation (AF). Atrial fibrillation can cause blood tocollect in the upper chambers of your heart increasing the opportunity for blood to form clots tocauses a stroke. oStop Smoking. Smoking doubles the risk for stroke. oControl Alcohol Consumption. Moderate alcohol consumption is defined at one glass of wine orbeer or one drink each day. There is some research to suggest that moderate alcoholconsumption may lower your risk for stroke provided that there are no other medical reasons foravoiding alcohol. But, once you increase from moderate to heavy alcohol consumption, everythingchanges and your risk increases substantially. oControl Your Cholesterol. Lowering your cholesterol may have a positive effect on reducing yourrisk for stroke. It will certainly reduce your risk for heart disease which is a major risk factor forstroke.
 oControl Your Diabetes. Having diabetes increases your risk for a stroke. There is a lot you can doin this area to control your blood sugar which will reduce your risk for stroke and improve youroverall health and wellness. oControl Your Weight Through Diet, Exercise and Nutrition. The "Super Size Me" fast food lifestylehas created a "Super Sized" population of overweight and obese people. This additional weightincreases your risk for a stroke, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other health issues. oCheck for Other Circulatory Problems. In addition to sickle cell disease, it is important to haveyour carotid arteries checked by a qualified physician on a regular basis. The carotid arteries carryblood from the heart to the brain and can narrow from the build up of cholesterol and other plaqueforming substances. This leads to reduced blood flow and increased risk for blood clots andblockages. Our companion article "11 Action Steps That May Prevent Stokes!" will discuss each one of thesecontrollable risk factors and give you a comprehensive plan of action to help you not only loweryour risk but also improve your health and overall wellness. Common Stroke Symptoms!We will conclude this article by looking at the common stroke symptoms. Learning thesesymptoms and knowing what to do when they occur could save your life or the life of someoneelse. These are the most common stroke symptoms: oSudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg especially if it occurs on one side of thebody.oSudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.oSudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.oSudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.oSudden severe headache with no known cause. If you have or see anyone who has these symptoms, then call 911 immediately. Time is critical indecreasing the effects of a stroke. Currently there is a clot busting drug that can be administeredto diminish the effects of a stroke. However, there is only a three-hour window when this drug canbe administered. Once the stroke symptoms occur the clock starts ticking and your quick responsecould be the difference between life or death, permanent disability or significant recovery. Summary!Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in theUnited States. For the African American community, the effects of a stroke are significantlygreater. According to the National Stroke Association, "80% of strokes are preventable!" Please join us in helping our community to take proactive steps in reducing the risk of stroke. Pleaseemail this article to a friend. Make it your goal to share this with at least 5 others so that togetherwe can change the health dynamics of our community. Thank You! Dan Hammer has a background in biology, chemistry and exercise physiology. He used to run one

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