Stroke Prevention

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STRAIGHT TALK FROM THE FOUNDATION FOUNDER AND, STROKE VICTOR BOB MANDELL

More than 50% of strokes are preventable with lifestyle changes and healthier choices. If more than one in two strokes can be prevented, doesn’t it make sense for each of us to do what we can to mitigate this horrible disease?

You really don’t want what we survivors have experienced – a stroke, perhaps a massive one!

Most of us act like we don’t believe the data or care. Perhaps, we think it will be someone else. Don’t believe it! I would have never believed it either at 53 years old and recently married. Here are startling facts about stroke survivors.

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RECOVER ALMOST COMPLETELY
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RESULT IN SOME LEVEL OF MINOR & MAJOR IMPAIRMENTS THAT REQUIRE SPECIAL CARE
STROKE RISK FACTORS
The largest risk factors are:
  • What we eat – Americas’ obesity crisis continues to grow;
  • Whether we exercise regularly – too few of us get regular exercise including walking;
  • And if you smoke – smoking affects our blood vessels, often narrowing or thickening them.
We can address each of these stroke risks. Look in the mirror – are you overweight? Do you exercise at least three times per week or preferably more? And do you smoke?
OUR HEALTH
Are you getting an annual physical exam?
A blood pressure reading and a few basic blood tests to check cholesterol levels would certainly be a good idea. High and uncontrolled blood pressure is a definite problem for stroke and heart disease. If you are diabetic,  is your diabetes being managed to avoid little-seen changes in the brain blood vessels, which can be a stroke risk.

Understand, when you suffer a stroke your life will change, your spouse, friend or partner’s life will change with you. If you have children, their lives will be affected, as well as everyone else in your various communities – none of it for the good!

Donate to help stroke survivors and their caregivers!
Stroke recovery is a lifelong endeavor for both the survivor and their caregiver(s). However, because of a lack of knowledge, most stroke survivors never recover to the levels that are possible.