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BE FAST: Stroke warning signs

What’s the best way to minimize a stroke? Lower the risk to help prevent it from happening.

“The best way a patient can stay stroke free is prevention – by controlling the risk factors that are under their control (modifiable ones) early on with proper diet/lifestyle modifications, early screening tests and medications, if needed,” said Derli Mills, Marshfield Clinic Health System Neurology nurse practitioner.

Stroke warning signs

Recognize the signs of stroke to help prevent one from happening.

Eighty percent of all strokes are preventable. Start by managing key risk factors like uncontrolled high blood pressure (responsible for more than half of all strokes) and other risk factors including smoking, atrial fibrillation and lack of physical activity.

“There are several risk factors that put a patient at a high risk for stroke including modifiable ones such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, smoking, kidney disease, sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation, heavy alcohol intake, sedentary lifestyle obesity and diet,” Mills said. “In addition, there are other non-modifiable risk factors such as genetic susceptibility, age, race and sex. Also, people who had prior strokes, transient ischemic attack (TIA) or heart attacks have a much higher risk of having another stroke in the future.”

Women are at a higher risk for stroke than men due to additional risk factors such as pregnancy, history of preeclampsia/eclampsia, gestational diabetes and oral contraceptive use, Mills said.

Knowing the warning signs of a stroke are critical: Balance; Eyes (vision problem); Face drooping; Arm weakness; Speech difficulty; Time to call 911.

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