Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in this country and a leading cause of long-term disability.
Strokes can cause physical impairment as well as behavioral changes and memory loss.
It is estimated that 80 percent of strokes are preventable largely through lifestyle changes and adherence to medications.
Questions and answer on stroke from Dr. Thabele Leslie-Mazwi, a neurologist in the critical care center of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Flash Wiley, a prominent Boston lawyer, attributes his stroke to high blood pressure and heart arrhythmia.
Zonius Wiley, a paramedic with the Boston Emergency Medical Services, urges calling 911 at the first sign of a stroke.
Some risk factors for stroke cannot be changed, while others can be controlled and modified
One type of stroke is caused by a blood clot, while the other results from bleeding in the brain.
The symptoms of a stroke are sudden and can include one-sided weakness, trouble speaking and trouble seeing
Medication combined with counseling are two proven strategies to quit smoking.
A diet rich in fruit and vegetables increases the intake of potassium, which can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
An easy to fix meal that’s low in sodium and high in potassium.
Strengthening exercises at least two times a week can increase muscle strength and improve bone health.
Grow your own vegetables through Massachusetts’s Food Project’s Build-a-Garden program.