for: Sarah Darmanjian |, Mary Wilson
Published: May 26, 2021 / 05:30 EDTUpdated: May 26, 2021 / 06:10 AM EDT
ALBANY, NY (NEWS 10): It can be surprising to hear that strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer. In fact, one in five women between the ages of 55 and 75 will have a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Four out of five strokes can be prevented, so it’s important to know the risks and warning signs the CDC said.
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“80% of strokes can be prevented and therefore the fact that we can prevent 80% of strokes is really amazing,” she told Dr. Alexandra Paul, neurosurgeon at Albany Medical Center, Mary Wilson.
There are several reasons why women are at higher risk for stroke, including pregnancy, birth control pills, migraine headaches, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and hypertension, the Dr. Paul.
“Being pregnant makes women at a higher risk of having a stroke, oral contraceptives also increase the risk of stroke in women,” she said.
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High blood pressure or hypertension is the most treatable cause of stroke. A healthy lifestyle is the best prevention, the CDC said.
“Eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, be physically active, don’t smoke, and check your blood pressure,” Dr. Paul said.
Being able to identify the symptoms of a stroke can not only help yourself, but can also help your loved ones.
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“About 66% of the time, someone who is not the victim of the stroke makes the decision to seek treatment and therefore recognizing the sudden signs and symptoms of the stroke could help save a life,” he said. Dr. Paul.
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- Balance- Does the person suddenly have balance or coordination problems?
- EYes: Does the person experience blurred or double vision at once or a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes?
- Fas fallen: ask the person to smile. Does he fall on one side of his face or is he asleep?
- Arm weakness: is one arm weak or asleep? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
- Speech difficulty: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? Is speech blurred, are they unable to speak, or are they difficult to understand?
- Time- Someone experiencing the above symptoms should receive immediate medical attention, even if the symptoms go away. Call 911 or take the person to the hospital.
Source: Duke Health
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The most common treatment for stroke victims is a drug that coagulates the clot, but can only be administered within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms. Getting a quick treatment can make a significant difference in patients ’outcome.
“Some symptoms of stroke are reversible and this is called transient ischemic attack and then some strokes are much more devastating, where patients are left completely pelagic on one side, unable to move their arm or leg and they don’t talk, ”Dr. Paul.
A thrombectomy can also lessen the debilitating effects of a stroke and can be done over a longer period of time.
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“We can get inside the blood vessels to the blood vessels of the brain and try to remove the clot and this has had a really noticeable effect on reducing the disability of the stroke in the country,” Dr. Paul.
Surgery is a more recent treatment that can be done at Albany Medical Center, but this is not the case for all hospitals in America. One in six patients does not have access to a thrombectomy.