Factors That Could Put Your Loved One at a High Risk for Stroke

Posted: 1/26/2017 9:05 AM by Interim HealthCare
When the brain is not getting an adequate amount of blood, a stroke could occur. This causes some of the brain cells to die, resulting in permanent damage. For most people, stroke is a condition that is highly preventable. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reported that 8 out of 10 strokes can be prevented.

Knowing as much as possible on strokes is the first step in preventing it. However, if your loved one lives alone, they may not have the motivation or energy needed to take proper care of their health. Consider hiring a senior care provider to help care for them and ensure they are making the right choices for their health. 

Controllable Causes
For older adults with the following medical conditions, they are at a high risk of getting a stroke. However, by properly managing their conditions they could significantly lower their risk.
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Being obese or overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Hardened arteries, also known as atherosclerosis
  • Blood disorders, like anemia and sickle cell disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
Uncontrollable Causes
Stroke is not something that can be controlled by some seniors, especially if they have the following risk factors.
  • Family history of stroke
  • Being over the age of 55
  • Male
  • Being of Hispanic, African-American, Alaska Native, or Native American descent
Stroke Prevention Tips
Whether your loved one is able to prevent their chances of developing a stroke or not, there are several things that can be done to help lower their risk. Not to mention prevent future health problems from occurring. Here are some things your parent should consider doing for their health.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, lean protein, and fiber will keep your loved one’s body running smoothly.
  • Exercise more. Daily exercise will not only help the elder prevent their risk of stroke, but will also help them maintain a healthy weight.
  • Control cholesterol and blood pressure. If the senior’s cholesterol and blood pressure are too high, they are at risk for a wide range of medical conditions, including stroke. With medication, a healthy diet, and exercise they can keep their numbers at a healthy level.
  • Avoid bad habits. If the elder smokes, now is a great time to stop. Their doctor may be able to suggest a program that will help them successful kick the habit. They should also drink in moderation.
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