We can't control everything, but we can take common-sense steps to live a healthier lifestyle and reduce our risk.
Sixty million people die each year as the result of strokes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “worldwide, cerebrovascular accidents (stroke) are the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability.” However, there are some simple things we can do to decrease our risk of having one.
A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, is when a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked by a blood clot (an ischemic stroke) or ruptures (a hemorrhagic stroke), with the result that part of the brain is unable to receive the oxygen-carrying blood it needs.
Many factors can place us at risk of having a stroke, some of which are beyond our control, and some of which we can at least partially control.
Factors we cannot change include:
Age: the older we are, the greater probability of having a stroke, statistically speaking.