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How are you feeling today?

Most people who have had a stroke said that they felt fine before they had a stroke. Strokes can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. But remember, the great news is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable. A stroke is a medical emergency that can lead to death or disability. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability for all Americans. Most people who have a stroke are very likely to have another stroke.

The Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital offers a free, online tool for people to find out if they are at risk for having a stroke. Click here to take the free five-minute risk assessment to help determine your risk for having a stroke.

Ask your doctor about your risk of having a stroke.

It is easy to reduce your risk of having a stroke:

  • If you smoke, cut it out. Stop smoking today and your stroke risk goes down immediately. If you are a woman on birth control, you could reduce your risk by more than 20 times by not lighting up a cigarette
  • Take your medicine. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, take the medicine exactly as the doctor told you
  • Just by eating healthy and adding a bit more exercise, you will reduce your stroke risk. Can you add a piece of fruit or eat a salad for lunch and park at the end of the parking lot when you shop? By doing these two simple things, you may also reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol and now you hav ereduced your stroke risk four different ways

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