Though there’s a certain amount of glamour given to living fast and dying young, most of us still hope to live to a ripe, old age, especially when we start to realize how much life has to offer behind the fast lane we enjoy in our teens and twenties.
Not only do we likely love or work with someone at the prime age for having a stroke, the behaviors in which we engage when thoughts of mortality are the last thing on our minds can have a huge impact on our likelihood of being incapacitated by one.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are offering some food for thought with their list of ten risks and warning signs everyone should know to keep themselves and those around them healthy and happy for the long haul.
• Age: The chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55. While stroke is common among the elderly, a lot of people under 65 also have strokes.
• Heredity/Race: Your stroke risk is greater if a parent, grandparent, sister or brother has had a stroke. African-Americans have a higher risk of death from a stroke than Caucasians.
• sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
• sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
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