Monday, December 12th, 2016
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 795,000 Americans experience a stroke each year. 130,000 Americans die from stroke each year, making stroke the third most common cause of death in the United States.
The quicker you recognize the signs of stroke and seek medical care, the higher your likelihood is of having a successful recovery. Although strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in men, most men are unable to list even one sign of a stroke. It is important for men to know how to identify that a stroke is happening, steps they can take to prevent them, and what types of complications may arise from strokes.
The American Heart Association created a memory tool as an easy way to identify the signs of a stroke. If someone you know might be having a stroke, it’s important to think F.A.S.T.:
Immediate treatment can be lifesaving during a stroke and increases chances of a full recovery. It is important to remember that a stroke is a medical emergency and you should call 911 immediately.
Although F.A.S.T. can be an easy way to remember the signs of a stroke, there are several other symptoms to be aware of. These signs of a brain dysfunction include:
Some men may experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is often called a “warning stroke” or “mini stroke.” Nearly 15 percent of all major strokes are preceded by TIAs. The symptoms of TIA are the same as the symptoms listed above, and can occur rapidly. Most will last fewer than five minutes. Although they rarely cause permanent injury to the brain, there is no way to tell if the clot is transient and will dissolve on its own without you seeing a doctor.
If you or a loved one experience a TIA, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately to prevent a stroke. For stroke survivors, having another stroke can signal that their treatment plan is not working and needs to be adjusted.
Age, gender, race, and family history can be risk factors for a stroke. African-American men, seniors, and those living in the southeastern United States are more likely to have a stroke.
However, there are still many preventable risk factors. Some of the risk factors that can cause strokes are:
Scientists at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke predict that by reducing risks and using therapies, Americans could prevent up to 80 percent of strokes. Knowing your risk factors and introducing lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, managing high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol, can help you reduce your chances of having a stroke.
Strokes are one of the leading causes of disability. Understanding the signs and symptoms can help you act quickly in the event of a stroke and prevent further complications. Complications from a stroke can either be a direct result of injury to the brain or caused by a change in your abilities. Common complications of stroke include:
If you experience any complications, your doctor will work with you to maximize recovery and help you work toward becoming independent again. After a stroke, your chances of having another stroke are higher, so it’s important to take steps to minimize your risk.
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