Common Misconceptions About Strokes

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.


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