Stroke risk factors and prevention

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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.
Avatar n tn I realize it depends on many factors, and there probably are no perfect studies, I'm just looking for general guidance based on your personal experience. 3) Suppose a person has some unexpired Cipro, which apparently works against many types of bacterial infections. After engaging in unprotected oral sex with several different high-risk partners (say, 10) in short period of time while on vacation, would it make sense to use the Cipro as a preventative measure?
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 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 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.
469720 tn?1388149949 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 n tn I have been taking tamoxifen for the last year and am aware that I am at an increased risk for having a stroke caused by blood clots. I wasn't too concerned about this side effect until my migraines became much more frequent, four in the last year, and three in the last four months. Also worrisome is that the aura has started when I have been in the middle of a run, which I do daily, and this is new.
Avatar n tn Of course it is possible to not have a second or subsequent stroke. It all depends on what caused your first and what you have done to adress the causative issues & any other stroke risk factors. My GP places this (secondary prevention) the highest on his priority list - above rehab even, which he leaves to my & my therapists. I have seen young people who have had multiple strokes & I do NOT want to bee one of them.
Avatar f tn ), but usually with supportive care (physiotherapy and occupational therapy) and secondary prevention with antiplatelet drugs (aspirin and often dipyridamole), blood pressure control, statins and anticoagulation. ref: How much of fuctioning he will re-gain and rate of recovery varies from person to person.
Avatar f tn ca for more information and prevention ideas. And, of course, your doctor is the best resource. Good luck!
Avatar n tn My decision was based on the fact that there appears to be mounting evidence of a cause and effect relationship between the two and, in the absence of any other overwhelming stroke risk factors, the surgery seemed the way to go. Believe me, I know it is a frightening situation and serious decision no matter what.
Avatar n tn Your cerebral and neck blood vessels should be evaluated also for any narrowings It is extremely important to control your blood pressure whether you have had a stroke or not. With this event and your previous TIA and your stroke risk factors (cholesterol should be checked also) you probably should be on at least an aspirin. Aspirin and plavix are equivalent essentially, it just plavix is more expensive.
Avatar n tn 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. There are other factors such as hypercoagulable state or presence of atrial arrhythmias that may have a greater role in causing strokes in general, and because PFO's are very common, it just happens that they are associated with that (not necessary a cause).
Avatar m tn Free radical damage causes inflammation and increases stroke risk. “Oxidative stress is detrimental to health and is definitely [linked] with heart disease,” says Dr. Lundell. The good news is that all of these heart risks are easy to fix without statin drugs. Small, simple changes in diet can improve heart health. Boost Heart Health through Diet You can take a few key steps to improve your diet and heart health.
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?
1344197 tn?1392822771 Studies have yielded conflicting results about their use, with some observational studies suggesting that high calcium intake is protective against vascular disease, and others showing that calcium supplements speed vascular calcification and increase mortality in patients with kidney failure and increase cardiovascular events and MI in women.
Avatar n tn Prayer (as Barbara mentioned) and Meditation are to my opinion the most underrated factors in Wellness and Disease Prevention! If you can't meditate, get yourself a meditation CD or go to YouTube. It is one of the best ways to influence your subconscious mind, connect with the universe and experience "unthinkable" events in your life! Many times in my life, through Prayer & Meditation I managed to achieve the "impossible".
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.
1815939 tn?1377995399 The findings, described online July 27 in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, emerged from a larger ongoing study of men who have sex with men, many but not all of whom were infected with HIV and followed over time to track risk of infection and disease progression. A subset of the participants had both HIV and hepatitis C, two infections that often occur together.
Avatar n tn Aspirin therapy for prevention of blood clots is far inferior to Coumadin, but may be appropriate, I understand, if there are no other risk factors - and if the AFib is not chronic. I take both... yes, while one must avoid aspirin when on Coumadin for the treatment of pain/fever/swelling, in small dose it can be taken for added cardio protection. It affects a different mechanism of the blood than does Coumadin.
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 n tn I'm just looking for some pointers as to what is a reasonable treatment/prevention path to follow. As you will see, I've made some changes in diet and lifestyle that have modified my lipid numbers and BP. The current preventative clinic stance seems to be that this is sufficient for now. I'm curious if I should be pursing something more aggressive, and if so, how aggressive in preventative treatment. I have a family history of early CHD on my father's side. Mother's side is unknown.
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!
Avatar f tn ( So much for technology, testing, controlling cholesterol and lifestyle risk factors. etc. should we continue ignoring Hypothyroidism's (type 1 and 2) role in Heart disease!
159619 tn?1538184537 Its obvious that you know your important lab numbers and your absence of risk factors. Lifestyle changes like you're doing make people healthy, not the frequently mentioned fad diets. Gradual loss of weight thru dietary manipulation with limited dietary fat, lean proteins and fruits and vegetables is critical. The target heart rate for aerobic conditioning, cardiac tone is 80-85% of maximal heart rate as you described.
Avatar m tn We are most uneasy about this but between the EPs lax attitude about it, the low score he has on the Chad score as well as his ENT saying he has done this procedure many many many times on patients with AF (who had to stop blood thinners prior) we are just trying to stay chilled and trust that he is at low risk for stroke and not something we need to worry about happening (but the worry is there).
Avatar n tn Arrhythmias are caused by a disruption of the normal functioning of the electrical conduction system of the heart. Normally, the atria and ventricles contract in a coordinated manner. In atrial fibrillation and flutter, the atria are stimulated to contract very quickly. This results in ineffective and uncoordinated contraction of the atria. The impulses may be transmitted to the ventricles in an irregular fashion, or only some of the impulses may be transmitted.
976897 tn?1379171202 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.