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Published on May 17, 2017

Strokes: Prevention and Treatment of Strokes

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Stroke SignsAccording to the American Stroke Association, around 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year. Approximately eighty percent of strokes can be avoided by controlling your risk factors for stroke. The most common, modifiable risk factors of stroke include:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • smoking
  • obesity.

It’s important to talk with your healthcare provider to understand which risk factors you might have and how to make lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk for stroke.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of a stroke, time is of the essence. The two most common treatments of stroke include: tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which works to breakdown blood clots and surgical intervention, to see if the clot can be retrieved or removed from the brain.

The quicker a stroke patient receives care, the better their outcomes. If experiencing stroke symptoms, do not hesitate; call 911 immediately and let them take you to the nearest hospital to receive proper care.

Jason Clum, the system wide stroke coordinator at Cone Health, spoke on Fox 8 about the prevention and treatment of stroke.

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