Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Surprising Factors or Signs That Contribute to Stroke Risk

A stroke is a deadly and sudden condition; you can never be prepared for it. Yes, it is true that strokes are sudden but in many scenarios, there are signs to this impending danger. Some signs and factors to stroke are well-know like atrial fibrillation or high blood pressure or old age. There are also some uncommon signs and factors of stroke that many individuals are not aware of. Some of them are the following: 

Bad migraines
A prolonged study conducted in Iceland found that bad migraines accompanied with aura (visual disturbances) can increase the chance of stroke by 21 percent. Due to the result of this study, now experts are searching for implicit risk factors that contribute to migraine, stroke and heart attack. They are also trying to figure out the connection between a migraine and stroke. 

Hispanics have a higher chance of stroke
The statistics are not in favor of the Hispanic according to the American Stroke Association. Research found that 25% of Hispanic men and 33% of Hispanic women die due to stroke. What makes it scarier is that individuals from the Hispanic descent get strokes earlier in their life. For example, the average age of stroke for the Caucasian is 80 but for Hispanics it is 67. 

Eating processed meats not good for your heart
If you regularly eat processed meats like bacon, ham, sausage, hot dog and cold cut, then be prepared for this shocking fact. You have 23% higher chance of getting a stroke. The research might not be clear-cut but experts claim that high sodium intake increases blood pressure, which causes vascular stiffness. They also believe nitrate and nitrite preservatives to be the culprits but do not have any scientific explanation yet. 

Individuals who never exercise
According to research, moderate exercise will reduce the risk of deadly stroke by 30%. If you regularly perform cardiovascular fitness exercises, then you will not have to worry about your heart. Even 30 minutes of brisk walking, just five times a week can have a good impact on your body. 

Individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of getting a stroke
Research indicates that individuals with type-2 diabetes are probably three times most likely to experience a life-threatening stroke. The risk becomes bigger if you are a smoker, or if you develop aterial fibrillation or hyperglycemia. The worst part is no matter how much you try to control your diabetes; it will not decrease your risk to stroke. 

Compare to Caucasians, African-Americans are twice as likely to die from strokes
African-Americans are more likely to die from strokes than Caucasians according to research. Like Hispanics, African Americans get stroke at a relatively young age. 

People who consume too much alcohol daily are likely to get strokes
Drinking too much alcohol increases stroke risk because your blood pressure increases. Ironically, drinking two glasses of red wine daily is good for your heart. In any case, always drink alcohol in moderation 

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