Common Misconceptions About Strokes

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It’s Stroke awareness month and we’d like to discuss some common misconceptions patients have. From age and gender to the types of strokes, no population is completely safe from experiencing a stroke. The most important thing you can do is raise awareness and be aware of your risks.

Misconception #1: I am too young for a stroke.

Unfortunately, a stroke can happen to anyone at any time even if you are young. 1 in 5 stroke patients are under the age of 55. Once you pass the age of 55, the risk increases but just because you are young does not mean you’re in a “safe” zone.

Misconception #2: Women are less likely to have a stroke.

Strokes are more likely to happen to women than men. In fact, more women die from a stroke each year than from breast cancer. If you are a woman over 55, it’s important for you to get annual health screenings.

Misconception #3: I can’t control my risk factors.

Many of the risk factors for strokes are dependent on lifestyle. Some of the biggest factors are based on lifestyle and lifestyle-related illness like:

  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor circulation
  • Not being active
  • Obesity

Misconception #4: A Stroke is a blood clot.

A stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain, called arteries, are blocked or burst. The consequences of stroke can be a long-term disability and even death.

 

Central Georgia Heart Center

Central Georgia Heart Center

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