The premature death of Luke Perry at age 52 came as a shock to everyone. Although the origin of his stroke has not been released, death by a stroke is among the top five killers in the United States. While also a shocking statistic, it’s the reality we face.
What does that mean for you? Prevention and early recognition of a stroke are key.
REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR STROKE
Preventative measures that can reduce the risk for a stroke at an early age include the following:
If you are a smoker, quitting can significantly reduce chances of stroke.
Blood pressure screening and control
Blood pressure can be measured for free in many public settings. You can also measure at home with your own blood pressure cuff. Measurement should also be part of every provider visit. If your blood pressure is 140/90 or above, work with your provider to find ways to lower it.