DAYTON, OH (Oct. 2018) – October 29 is World Stroke Day, a perfect time to reflect on stroke treatment and prevention. The most recent studies by the CDC show Montgomery and Clark County still suffering of 88-114 stroke deaths per 100,000 people. Those are some of the highest rates in the country.
Here are some other shocking facts:
- In the US alone, 7.2 million people over the age of 20 have had a stroke in their lifetime.
- Each year nearly 800,000 people in the US suffer from a new or recurrent stroke, with a stroke occurring every 40 seconds!
- Every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke.
- It is estimated that the total number of strokes in the US will increase by 3 million in 2030!
- 17 million people have suffered from a stroke in the WORLD!
- Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and the number one leading cause of disability in the US!
Thankfully, we continue to advance our medical treatment on certain kinds of strokes, but we cannot count of the timing of a stroke to be in our favor.
Each and every one of us can prevent a stroke starting today.
How can you start the change? First, understand that nearly 80% of strokes are preventable.
“Even though every year past age 50, our risk of stroke doubles, we can still control our modifiable risk factors such as our blood pressure, cholesterol levels, weight and physical activity,” said Megan Miller, APRN, CNP at Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders.
The leading causes of strokes besides age, include hypertension, hyperlipidemia, tobacco use, diabetes, obesity, and obstructive sleep apnea.
“We do have evidence that hypertension is one of our most important risk factors to control. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or less. Our most up to date studies are showing anything over 120/80 puts you at risk for stroke,” said Miller.
Please contact your primary care physician to review all stroke risk factors. You can also utilize the American Stroke Association Understanding Stroke Risk Website to help review ways to improve your current risk factors.
Lastly, we have to each learn, recognize and memorize the signs and symptoms of stroke as FAST as possible. With our new technology, we must all be more educated on the first signs of strokes. With each minute a stroke is suspect, an average of 1.9 million neurons are lost. Loss of neurons means disability, so remember, “TIME IS BRAIN.”
“We can do better. Each of us. Go for a walk, cut the salt, fill that lunch and dinner plate with 50% vegetables, monitor your blood pressure and visit your primary care physician!” said Miller.
Dayton Center for Neurological Disorder providers cover the stroke needs of Kettering Health Network hospitals.