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Stroke Survivors at Greater Risk of Repeat Stroke Than Once Thought

As tough and resilient as the human body is, the potential for something to go wrong is always there, and one of those things is called a stroke. To put it in its simplest terms, a stroke is a brain attack and occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of the brain. The impact of this can range from minor to severe, however, it is the long-term burden that is often the greatest.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, doctors just announced that those patients of stroke are at a significantly greater risk for longer after there initial stroke then once believed. Up until this point, most doctors and researchers have been focused on any complications that could occur within the first 90 days of an individual having a stroke. Now, they believed that the window of concern could be in upwards of five years.

Neurologist Dr. Richard Swartz and his team of researchers at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto scanned and analyzed over decades worth of discharge information and compared such factors sex, age, income and geographic location. The results were startling. It was found that patients who served a stroke, or mini stroke with a temporary blockage in the brain were to be at a long term substantial risk, particularly for another stroke or admission to a care facility. What that boils down to is that by five years, eight percent of the patients will have experienced another stroke. So what can be done? According to Dr.

Michael Hill, it all comes to long-term attention. And the advice is something you've likely heard before. A healthy diet, including lots of fruits and vegetables. Try and always tear clear of processed foods and over eating. If you smoke; don’t. If you don’t exercise; start. And most importantly? Get educated. Reacting to a stroke quickly can often have a huge impact on how serious the effects of the stroke are, which is why it is so important to know what to look out for and remember the word F.A.S.T. Face - Is it drooping? Arms - Can you/they raise both? Speech - Are they able to speak clearly, or is it slurred and mumbly? Time - Call 911 immediately!

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