Q&A: Lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of stroke

Philadelphia Inquirer - 04-19

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Q: If a stroke can strike anyone, how important are lifestyle changes to reduce the risk factors?. A: People I treat often don’t want to believe that they are having a stroke, even as they are actively exhibiting the physical symptoms. Often this denial happens because they think they are too young to have a stroke – as if that is something for their grandparents to worry about. However, we are seeing younger patients for stroke — as young as late 20s. Stroke can strike anyone. Regular visits to a primary-care provider to evaluate your overall health are important. Your doctor can identify what diseases you are at risk for due to genetic factors or the lifestyle choices you make every day.