If you are a fan of country music or even if you’re not, you may have heard the news that singer Randy Travis recently had an unexpected stroke. We asked one of our docs how often strokes are associated with other conditions.
Doctor Ivan Lopez, director of the Stroke Center at Renown Institute for Neurosciences shares that contrary to popular belief, it is typical that strokes are associated with heart failure treatment. In fact, most strokes are simply “produced by our lifestyle.”
“Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States,” said Dr. Lopez. Knowing your risk factors is the first step in preventing a stroke. Some can be changed, and some cannot, so it is important to be aware of the things you can do to lower your chances. Here is the breakdown:
Risk Factors You Can’t Change
- Family history of stroke
“If your relatives had strokes or heart attacks at a young age, then you are more likely to have strokes and heart attacks yourself” said Dr. Lopez.
The odds for a second stroke also rise dramatically. “Almost one half of patients will have a second stroke within five years,” said Dr. Lopez. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent the first.
Risk Factors You Can Change
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Inactive lifestyle
The more you are informed of your individual risk factors, the more you can do to change them. To find out more about your chances of having a stroke and ways you may be able to prevent one, visit www.renown.org/strokecare.