Striking A Stroke Off Before It Strikes You – 4 Simple Tests

Some readers of this blog asked what they can do to prevent  a stroke from hitting them. Plenty! A very recent research study just released  in the British Medical Journal by 4 authors, one of whom is a Malaysian classmate of mine who now works in the UK, reveals 4 things that people can do to reduce the chances of getting a stroke by half.

The study, conducted in England involving 20,000 people over 11 years, showed that they could reduce the chances of getting stroke by 50% if they did all the following life-style measures:

  • not smoking
  • being physically active
  • limiting their alcohol intake to not more than 14 units a week
  • fruit and vegetable intake of at least five servings a day.

Apart from the above, it is well-known that the presence of the following risk-factors also predispose to stroke: high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation (irregular heart-beats), heart disease and certain blood diseases which cause clotting.

One does need to realise, however, that some risk-factors cannot be changed or eliminated. Try changing your age (the chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55), sex (more common in men), your relatives( your stroke risk is greater if a parent, grandparent, sister or brother has had a stroke) or the fact that you have had a previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA, or warning strokes)!

Is It A Stroke? 4 Simple Tests You Can Do


The whole idea of getting away from stroke is to eliminate as many of the above risk-factors as possible and to lead a healthy lifestyle.

See my related article “Mending A Stroke In Time”.

4 responses

  1. Thanks for the heads up!
    Having established a person has a stroke, what do you do next?

    Doctor2008: As the last line of the poster says, get to hospital real quick!

  2. The researchers found the happiest other hand, seems much healthier, at different levels, both physically and mentally than those who are not.

  3. Doc, I recently had quite a strange and frightening experience.
    I had a glass of 3-in-1 white coffee weighing 40grams in the morning.
    At about 10.00pm that night, while I was using the computer, I suddenly had continuous, strong, heart palpitations which lasted for a few minutes!
    And all the while I was sweating profusely.
    I was really scared until all of a sudden, the whole thing stopped!
    What’s actually causing the sudden attack?
    Is any real damage caused?
    I am seventy years old and is healthy with annual full blood tests which bears that out.
    I have been on Noten Atenolol for a number of years now.
    In addition, I have been taking one capsule of Natopherol Vitamin E 250 iu daily.
    Thank you.
    Doctor2008: I don’t usually give online consultations because it is fraught with many dangers, but in this case, because of the possible seriousness of what you experienced (most likely abnormal rhythm of the heart), I strongly recommend you see a cardiologist soon.

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