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10 Risk Factors and Warning Signs of a Stroke

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10 Risk Factors and Warning Signs of a Stroke

According to an American Heart Association survey, young adults have a disconnect about how their lifestyle choices affect their chances of stroke, a leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

More than 1,200 adults between the ages of 18 and 44 were surveyed on their thoughts about health and stroke risk.

Of the 18-24 year-old group, most expressed desire to live a healthy and long life — 98 years was their average desire — but one-third of those said they don’t think their unhealthy behaviors today will affect their risk of stroke later. Eighteen percent couldn’t even name one stroke risk factor.

Ralph Sacco, M.D., neurologist and president of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, said in a press release:

“This survey shows the dangerous disconnect that many young Americans have about how their behaviors affect their risks for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Starting healthy behaviors at a young age is critical to entering middle age in good shape. The investment you make in your health now will have a large payoff as you age. We want everyone – especially young people – to strive to avoid stroke, which can affect anyone at any age.”

The survey also indicated that people become more aware of their overall health as they age:

  • In the 35-44 year-old group, 22 percent were not worried about cardiovascular diseases.
  • In the 18-24 year-old group, 43 percent said they weren’t concerned.

Lifestyle Choices to Lower Stroke Risk

Healthy lifestyle choices can lower risk of a first stroke by almost 80 percent, according to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines. Those choices include:

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Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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4:33AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Keep paying attention to our body

7:33AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:22AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

there are also "mini-strokes" that go undetected for years and then showed as dementia. my mum is one such case.

7:58AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

TY

4:27PM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Good information presented to be easily absorbed and remembered - thank you!

4:05PM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Thanks for the information, but why did the race factors only list black and white people?

3:45AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

thank you

7:17PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Thanks good information.

8:47AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

I had a 2 TIA'S and i just turned 50. The first one I had in Feb and I was given medicine and I skipped a few times taking the pills and had another in the same place 6 months later. I now take my pills all the time. I did read 75% of strokes can be prevented so I feel I may live another 35 years.

12:02PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks

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