Nima Ramezan-Arab, MD
On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes. Knowing your stroke risk factors, following your doctor's recommendations and living a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take to prevent a stroke.
Controllable risk factors generally fall into two categories: lifestyle risk factors or medical risk factors. Lifestyle risk factors can often be changed, while medical risk factors can usually be treated. Both types can be managed best by working with your doctor, who can prescribe medications and advise on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Leading a healthy lifestyle reduces your risk of ischemic stroke, the most common form of stroke, by approximately 80 percent.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. That’s 2,160 strokes each day; and 15,120 strokes a week. Yet even though stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and leading cause of adult disability, most people cannot identify warning signs or risk factors.
To recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke remember the acronym: F.A.S.T.
A stroke is a medical emergency and being able to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms F.A.S.T. can save lives.
To find out more, go to our section on Stroke Care or call (562) 933-4006.
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