Stroke Q & A

What is a stroke?

Your brain relies on a constant flow of oxygen-rich blood to function correctly. When this flow is interrupted or diminished, it causes a stroke as your brain cells begin to die quickly.

There are three main types of strokes:

Ischemic stroke

This type of stroke accounts for 80% of all strokes and occurs when the arteries to your brain are compromised or blocked, depriving your brain of necessary oxygen.

Hemorrhagic stroke

This type of stroke is a local event in your brain, wherein a blood vessel ruptures or leaks.

Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Also called mini-strokes, TIAs occur under the same circumstances as an ischemic stroke, except they resolve themselves within minutes without causing any permanent damage.

Who is at risk for a stroke?

Since a stroke is the result of a cardiovascular issue, several conditions and habits can put you at risk. Some of the most common factors that increase your risk of a stroke include:

  • Obesity or overweight
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Lack of exercise
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heavy drinking
  • Hormone therapies
  • Previous TIAs

There are also factors that are beyond your control. Those who are older or have a family history may be more prone to strokes, and women tend to be more likely to have a stroke than men. 

If any of these risk factors apply to you, it’s important to seek out professional medical help. Preventive measures can go a long way toward improving your cardiovascular health.

How can I prevent a stroke?

At We Care Clinic, the team uses their expertise in internal medicine and an integrative approach to lower their patients’ risk of having a stroke. Usually, this involves a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and, if necessary, prescription medications.

For example, your We Care Clinic provider might recommend eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising more regularly, losing weight, and quitting smoking. If you’re living with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, it’s also important you take steps to keep your blood pressure and blood sugar levels in check. 

Additionally, We Care Clinic has a vascular specialist on-staff. If necessary, the team can perform diagnostic imaging of your veins and arteries to better guide treatment.

If you’re concerned about your risk of a stroke, schedule an appointment at We Care Clinic. Call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online today.