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Strokes still largely misunderstood

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in this country and a leading cause of long-term disability.

The terrible aftermath of a stroke

Strokes can cause physical impairment as well as behavioral changes and memory loss.

Healthier habits reduce stroke risk factors

It is estimated that 80 percent of strokes are preventable largely through lifestyle changes and adherence to medications.

Question and Answer on stroke with Dr. Thabele Leslie-Mazwi

Questions and answer on stroke from Dr. Thabele Leslie-Mazwi, a neurologist in the critical care center of Massachusetts General Hospital.

In a Flash

Flash Wiley, a prominent Boston lawyer, attributes his stroke to high blood pressure and heart arrhythmia.

Reducing stroke impact requires quick thinking

Zonius Wiley, a paramedic with the Boston Emergency Medical Services, urges calling 911 at the first sign of a stroke.

Risk Factors for Stroke

Some risk factors for stroke cannot be changed, while others can be controlled and modified

A closer look – ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke

One type of stroke is caused by a blood clot, while the other results from bleeding in the brain.

Signs and symptoms of stroke

The symptoms of a stroke are sudden and can include one-sided weakness, trouble speaking and trouble seeing

Smoking

Medication combined with counseling are two proven strategies to quit smoking.

Potassium

A diet rich in fruit and vegetables increases the intake of potassium, which can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Moroccan Chicken Recipe

An easy to fix meal that’s low in sodium and high in potassium.

Strengthening Exercises

Strengthening exercises at least two times a week can increase muscle strength and improve bone health.

One garden at a time

Grow your own vegetables through Massachusetts’s Food Project’s Build-a-Garden program.

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