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
- Poor circulation
- Not being active
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.