Modifying your stroke risk

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This post was written by Kristin Davies, a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.

As a nurse who works with stroke patients and their families at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida, I am amazed by the control we can have over our bodies, despite their complexity. A stroke, in any form, can be a scary, debilitating prospect. However, basic awareness can offer a layer of protection that that many people are not aware of. While not all strokes can be prevented, maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, limiting alcohol use, smoking cessation, and managing your stress level are all self-directed ways of protecting yourself from a stroke. Also, being aware of how your body feels and acts lets you know when something is not normal.

Whenever I have a patient who says they called 911 as soon as they realized something wasn’t right with their body, I just want to give that patient a prize – and a hug! Even if the patient didn’t know he/she was having a stroke, having the instinct to call 911 instead of saying “It will pass,” probably made the difference between a full recovery and a life-long debilitating condition.

I always tell my patients that they are the front line to their own medical care; if they aren’t aware of their body, then even the best doctor in the world can’t help fix their health problems.

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One Response to “Modifying your stroke risk”

  1. Prof. MOHAMMED ABDULWAHAB ALKHATEEB Says:

    MAINTAINING NORMAL LEVELS OF Q10 (COENZYME Q10) AND NORMAL CHOLESTEROL PROFILES WILE ACHIEVING NORMAL BLOOD PRESSURE WILL CERTAINLY SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASE STROK CVD RISKS,
    THAT IS ACCORDING TO MY OWN RESEARCH INVOLVING 1200 PATIENTS IN AGE RANGE 45-70 YRS

    REGARDS
    Prof. MOHAMMED ABDULWAHAB ALKHATEEB, MD.,FICMS.,INTERNAL MEDICINE – IRAQ – ERBIL

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