While overall stroke rates in the U.S. and globally are declining, an aging population and lack of risk factor management could make strokes a major threat, researchers said. They called for controlling “lifestyle factors like smoking and diet high in sodium along with conditions like high blood pressure and obesity.”
Talk to Your Doctor
Discussing stroke risks and symptoms with your doctor is important for health and wellness. Medicare recipients should address it during yearly wellness visits.
The American Heart Association offers steps to reduce stroke chances. Visit heart.org/en/news/2021/05/05/5-critical-steps-to-help-prevent-a-stroke for details.
Know the Knoxville Stats
Data show 46.4% of Knoxville men 65 and older and 45% of senior women are up-to-date on preventive health services. For good health, Knoxvillians must utilize these services.
To reduce stroke risk and increase longevity, Knoxville residents should:
•Talk to your doctor about personal stroke risks and prevention.
•Control lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, smoking and obesity. Losing excess pounds and eating less sodium and saturated fat can help.
•Manage conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Take medications as prescribed.
•Know common stroke symptoms like face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty. Call 911 right away if someone shows signs of a stroke.
By managing risks, symptoms and prevention, Knoxville residents can live longer, healthier lives. For more information, talk to your doctor.