The big picture: Dr. Lindsay Boik-Price says: "You can prevent most strokes! "
In the news: New research is showing that the number of people who're dying from the most common type of stroke is dramatically rising all across the world. This finding has direct implications for you in Georgia.
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The research identified that ischemic strokes, which are caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain, could cause upwards of 6 million deaths in the near future.
The researchers noted that the news wasn't all bad. Overall, the rates of strokes across America and the world have been declining. But, with an aging population and improper management of risk factors--strokes could pose a great risk to people's health and wellness.
The report called for proper management of "a combination of lifestyle factors like smoking and a diet high in sodium along with other factors such as high blood pressure and high body mass index" to better reduce the chances of strokes.
Next steps: Talking to your doctor about the your risks and symptoms of strokes is important to your overall health.
If you're an elder American, make sure that you're talking about this during your Medicare Wellness visit.
The American Heart Association has a great resource on steps you can take to reduce your chances of having a stroke. (Visit Resource Here)
Did you know that 45.0% of senior citizen men in Lowndes County are up-to-date on their core clinical preventative services?
And, 32.4% of senior citizen women in Lowndes County are up-to-date on their core clinical preventative services?
Living in Georgia, it's important that you're up-to-date on these services to ensure good health and wellness.
Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
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Doctor's Expert Insights about Strokes and Your Health
Know this: "Look, this sharp rise in ischemic stroke deaths can be reduced and even prevented! It's important to understand that you can start taking steps today to ensure that you dramatically reduce your chances of having a stroke. Among these, I ask that you stop smoking! Do some physical exercises every day, and ensure that your weight and blood pressure are within normal ranges. Also, if you have diabetes, know where your A1c values are and continue working with your healthcare team to ensure that you're managing it well." Dr. Adrianna Davis, Family Medicine.
Next steps: If you smoke, you need to stop. Work with your healthcare team to ensure that you find success.
You can also call: 1-800-QUIT-NOW in Georgia to gain access to resources.
Living in Valdosta, the following health facts impact your well-being directly!
Did you know that 19.0% of the adults living in Lowndes County smoke?
3.6% of you living in Lowndes County have had a stroke.
61.3% of you are taking medicines for high blood pressure.
Strokes are Dangerous
What they're saying:
"Researchers found that seven major risk factors including smoking, a diet high in sodium, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney dysfunction, high blood sugar, and high BMI contributed to the higher number of strokes."
"This increase in the global death toll of ischemic stroke along with a predicted further increase in the future is concerning, but ischemic stroke is highly preventable... our results suggest that a combination of lifestyle factors like smoking and a diet high in sodium along with other factors such as high blood pressure and high body mass index can lead to an increased risk of stroke." (Study Interview.)
The Journal Neurology published the findings: A Potential Forecast for Ischemic Stroke Burden in 2030: Are We There Yet? (Read it Here)
Strokes Facts and Stats for Valdosta: (CDC Stroke Facts)
- In 2021, 1 in 6 deaths from cardiovascular disease was due to stroke.
- Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke.
- Every 3 minutes and 14 seconds, someone dies of a stroke.
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