Stroke risk factors and prevention

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469720 tn?1388146349 Our ability to successfully manage the process is significantly improved when the conditions are diagnosed early. Early identification is improved when the public is informed about the risk factors and symptoms of the disease.
Avatar f tn It is the number two cause of death world-wide and may soon become the leading cause of death worldwide. Risk factors for stroke include advanced age, hypertension (high blood pressure), previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation, the contraceptive pill, migraine with aura, and thrombophilia (a tendency to thrombosis), patent foramen ovale and several rarer disorders.
Avatar m tn The causes of stroke are multiple and could include embolism from the heart or other areas (such as the aorta or other parts of the body), bleeds, atherosclerosis of the blood vessels, vasculitis (or inflammatory processes affecting the blood vessels of the brain), and others. The prevention of stroke typically depends on what are the risk factors a patient has. These may include aspirin, certain blood thinners, or cholesterol-lowering medications.
Avatar n tn Another possiblity (though less likely perhaps given your multiple stroke risk factors) is could this be MS rather than stroke? Visual loss could have been optic neuritis and the "stroke" in cerebellum could be a plaque. Certainly don't mean to alarm you, just let you know that there may be other possibolities. There are special types of MRI that can easily distinguish between a stroke an dMS.
976897 tn?1379167602 You have not mentioned what type of surgery your wife has undergone because the prevention with Aspirin depends entirely on the risk factors that may be present and may lead to repeated strokes. Was it a heart surgery? If it was, Aspirin has to be continued for a long time to prevent clot formation. If it was not a cardiac surgery, other factors that led to clot formation previously that may still be the risk factors have to be taken into account before stopping Aspirin.
Avatar n tn Atrial septal aneurysms typically don't rupture the same way that intracranial aneurysms do. In fact many of them have perforations and patent foramen ovale. Many of us have patent foramen ovale (about 25% of population) and clearly the stroke rate doesn't come anywhere near that number in younger patients. So having a PFO or an ASA in and of itself isn't necessarily a risk for stoke.
Avatar m tn Hello Your elevated cholesterol and LDL cholesterol place you at a higher risk for heart attack stroke and limb loss. These are likely a result of your diet and behavioral factors including sedentary lifestyle. The stress test is to evaluate the effects of stress and elevated blood pressure on your hearts function.
Avatar n tn It is important that you keep the risk factors for stroke under control which are obesity, high BP, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, alcoholism and mental stress. Physiotherapy will help with the gait problem that you have. Doctors usually prescribe low dose aspirin and thrombolytic therapy for prevention of full fledged stroke. Hope this helps!
755322 tn?1330269114 I would recommend getting tested for CCSVI and if there are blockages, get them treated! I cannot hurt and is a very safe, painless procedure. Getting excess iron out by proper drainage from the brain might make a big difference for some.
469720 tn?1388146349 Stroke Risk Factors Some stroke risk factors are hereditary. Others are a function of natural processes. Still others result from a person's lifestyle. You can't change factors related to heredity or natural processes, but those resulting from lifestyle or environment can be modified with the help of a healthcare professional. Fortunately, most risk factors are under our control What risk factors for stroke can't be changed?
Avatar n tn Hi Doc, I have a few questions that I can't find answers to elsewhere. 1) The common wisdom seems to be that Listerine (or some other antiseptic mouthwash) before and after unprotected oral sex reduces the risk of STD transmission. I've also heard of using same on the genitals following genital contact. Is there any evidence for this? It seems plausible, though more for bacterial STDs than viral STDs. Would you recommend it?
Avatar m tn Due to my well controlled risk factors and the size and location of the brain infarct, my neurologist believes the stroke was caused by an emboli from the heart arising because of intermittent a-fib. What treatment and testing protocol do you recommend to help discover the genesis of my stroke and prevent one in the future? Do you think I should arrange an appointment with a specialist who deals with this type of problem and do you deal with this type of issue?
Avatar n tn If you have an aura with your migraine, you at even a higher risk (although the risk is only alittle). I would make sure that you do not have any other risk factors for stroke, antiphospholipid antibodies, Leiden V factor, prothrombin mutation, abnormal low HDL or high LDL, etc. I would agree with the aspirin a day. I hope that you never have another stroke.
Avatar n tn High blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke, and in a patient with diabetes it is crucial to control the blood pressure for optimal prevention of future strokes. Other important risk factors for stroke include high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. It is important to work with your physician to control these risk factors, which will lessen your chances of having a stroke or a heart attack.
Avatar f tn Risk factors for stroke include advanced age, hypertension (high blood pressure), previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking. If he has ahistory of any of these it almost confirms the diagnosis.
4190741 tn?1370177832 The study is the first in which researchers linked anxiety and stroke independent of other factors such as depression. Anxiety disorders are one of the most prevalent mental health problems. Symptoms include feeling unusually worried, stressed, nervous or tense. Over a 22-year period, researchers studied a nationally representative group of 6,019 people 25-74 years old in the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Avatar n tn There is no way to prevent osteoarthritis. There are factors that make you at higher risk including being overweight, previous injuries and, something none of us can avoid, aging. The best thing you can do is maintain a healthy diet, stay active, be within your weight range and get lucky genetically.
Avatar n tn The ACC guideline recommend using aspirin (81 mg or more) in that group of patients, but the same guideline disclose that In patients younger than 60 y with lone Afib the risk of stroke or embolism is low without treatment and the effectiveness of aspirin for primary prevention of stroke relative to the risk of bleeding has not been established.
Avatar n tn This and excessive alcohol intake, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and prior stroke are all preventable risk factors for stroke. By keeping a healthy lifestyle, the probability of stroke is diminished. I hope this helps. Take care and regards.
Avatar n tn Lowering cholesterol for secondary prevention, that is preventing second heart attacks in persons who already had had one, was next demonstrated in the eighties and primary prevention of heart attack and stroke (In persons who had never had a prior event) demonstrated in the nineties. The most recently published studies have demonstrated that lipid lowering therapy decreases cardiac events even in those persons with normal cholesterol.
Avatar n tn Lowering cholesterol for secondary prevention, that is preventing second heart attacks in persons who already had had one, was next demonstrated in the eighties and primary prevention of heart attack and stroke (In persons who had never had a prior event) demonstrated in the nineties. The most recently published studies have demonstrated that lipid lowering therapy decreases cardiac events even in those persons with normal cholesterol.
Avatar n tn Sleep apnea has also been said to contribute to the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. At this time, consider seeing a stroke neurologist or at least talk to your PCP about helping you figure out exactly what your stroke risk factors are and what you can do about them. 1.The blood presure likely needs to be under better control as this is your biggest risk factor right now.
Avatar n tn If your husband has no other significant cardiovascular problems, aspirin is probably enough to decrease his risk. There is always a balance between risk of thromboembolic risk and risk of bleeding. At your husbands age it is very likely that taking coumadin would make him at higher risk for other complications than he is for stroke. I haven't read or seen any data regarding fish oil and stroke prevention with AF. I hope this helps. Thanks for posting.
Avatar m tn for people younger than 65 years with no risk factors the untreated annual risk of stroke is about 1%, whereas with one or more risk factors it is about 5%; for people aged 65-75 years with no risk factors the annual risk of stroke is about 4%, and with one or more risk factors it is about 6% per year; and for people older than 75 years with no risk factors the risk of stroke is about 3%-4%, whereas with one or more risk factors it is about 8% (see Box 2) (E1).7,26 from http://www.mja.com.
Avatar m tn That being said, there may still be some benefit if you have some stroke risk factors (like blood pressure and cholesterol), but that is unkown at this point. So there is no absolute indication for aspirin in your case there are alternatives to aspirin for stroke prevention which do not cause erosions (but may still increase bleeding due to thinning of the blood), like Clopidogril, but you would need to be evaluated by a neurologist or stroke specialist to see if you really need it.