Mayo Clinic Minute – Preventing stroke

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and as a part of on a regular basis consciousness, Mayo Clinic healthcare professionals counsel decreasing stroke danger and figuring out the indicators. A stroke occurs each 40 seconds within the U.S., and the probability of stroke will increase with age, in line with the National Institutes of Health.

Preventing a stroke is a vital side of healthcare, as about 80% of all strokes are preventable. The focus is on managing danger components to scale back the long-term danger of stroke.

A stroke outcomes from a blocked or torn blood vessel that decreases blood stream to the mind. In the U.S., stroke is a number one reason for dying and incapacity.

“Because about 80% of all strokes are preventable, we really focus on prevention,” says Dr. Stephen English, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

Tips for reducing stroke danger embody sustaining blood strain underneath 130/80 and protecting ldl cholesterol and blood glucose at acceptable ranges.

"(Other modifiable risks include) things like smoking cessation, treatment of sleep apnea with a CPAP device, and some other potential treatments," he says. "We want to make sure that the risk factors are mitigated to help reduce the long-term risk of stroke."

There are danger components for stroke that can’t be modified. These embody age, intercourse, race and household historical past.

“There are four nonmodifiable risk factors we typically think about. The first is age, so age greater than 55; males; people that have a family history of prior stroke; and then people that are of African American descent,” says Dr. English. 

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