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5 Lesser-Known Ways to Protect Yourself From a Stroke

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Although women area bout twice as likely to suffer a stroke midlife than men, it is important that everyone knows how to reduce your own risk of stroke.

Although women area bout twice as likely to suffer a stroke midlife than men, it is important that everyone knows how to reduce your own risk of stroke.

 

Did you know that midlife women are about twice as likely as men to have strokes? Despite men smoking more, drinking more and seeing their doctors less, 55,000 more women will suffer from a stroke than men. While limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, eating a healthier diet and lowering your blood pressure will lower your likelihood of a stroke; LA Medical has five lesser-known ways that you can protect yourself.

Walk 20 minutes a day

We know that it is hard to find the time to exercise in the middle of a busy schedule but it is important to make the time to get active for 20 minutes! Try breaking the 20 minutes up into two 10-minute sessions if you can’t find a large enough window of time. Walking a total of 2 hours each week can cut your risk of stroke by 30%.

Set your alarm for 7 hours of sleep

Scientists at Harvard have found that getting more than 10 hours of sleep each night can increase your risk of stroke by up to 63%, compared with the recommended 7 hours.

Recognize the difference between being sad and depressed

Depression makes you 29% more likely to suffer from a stroke. This is because depressed women tend to smoke more, weigh more and exercise less. When you recognize depression symptoms, you can get proper treatment. Watch for persistent sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, guilt, irritability and exhaustion.

Think FAST

Surveys show that less than 30% of women can name more than two symptoms of a stroke. To recognize symptoms, remember FAST:

Face: uneven smile, droopiness, numbness, disturbed vision

Arms and legs: weakness, numbness, difficulty walking

Speech: slurred speech, inappropriate words, mute

Time: If you notice any of the above symptoms, call 911 immediately. When it comes to strokes,

time lost is brain lost.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and LA Medical wants to get the word out about strokes and the things you can do to prevent them. For more information or the solutions we have for those who have suffered a stroke, please contact us.

Aging Men’s Health: Stroke Prevention

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
LA Medical Stroke Prevention Tips for Men

Many strokes are preventable by simply taking care of your overall health.

With the month of June focused around men’s health, we are continuing our series on aging men’s health and giving you more information about serious problems that can occur with aging.

LA Medical has valuable information regarding stroke prevention and warning signs to look for if you or a loved one is dealing with possible stroke risk factors.

Here is a list of quick facts to determine if you are at risk for a stroke:

  • Strokes can occur with any age, but as age increases so does your risk factor.
  • African Americans have twice the likeliness of having a stroke than Caucasians do.
  • Hispanic and Pacific Islanders also have double the risk that Caucasians have.

There are steps you can take to lower your risk factors of having a stroke. Studies have shown that more than 80% of all strokes are preventable, which is good news. We have a few tips for you to consider changing in your lifestyle to lower your risk. Some lifestyle choices increase your risk for a stroke: smoking, high blood pressure, and high LDL cholesterol.  Nearly half of Americans have one of these risk factors:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet or physically inactivity
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol

If you do everything you can to stay healthy, whether it be staying active or eating healthier, you are lowering your risk of having a stroke. LA Medical knows that taking small steps now to better your chances of being stroke free later in life is vital to living a healthy life.

If you know someone who has had a stroke, LA Medical has everything you need when it comes to home medical supplies for stroke patients. In our online store, there is a wide variety of items in the areas of incontinence, mobility aids, and bath safety items.

Stroke Awareness Month and How it Affects You- Part 3-

Posted on: May 16th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

How to React to Someone Having a Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month. So far this month we have talked about stroke statistics, who is at risk and how to lower your risk. LA Medical wants to know if you would know what to look for and what to do if you think someone is having a stroke?

Time is damage with strokes

FAST can help prevent damage and keep the person having a stroke stable until help arrives

Here’s an easy way to remember it: think FAST!

F-A-S-T =

Face- Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms- Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downwards?

Speech- Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?

Time- If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately!

Here are some tips to keep you and them safe:

  • Stay with the person you are calling about.
  • Encourage them to sit down to avoid falls and more injury.
  • If they are driving a car or operating any kid of device (lawnmower, power tools, etc) help them to stop the activity as safely and quickly as possible.
  • Stay calm and try to keep them calm.
  • Check the time and when the symptoms first appeared or that you noticed them. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. Time is damage when it comes to stroke.

Strokes can and do happen to everyone in spite of age, physical health and race. We hope this month’s blog posts regarding various aspects of strokes have helped shed light on this topic.

If you or someone you love has had a stroke and needs home medical equipment, contact LA Medical today. We have a wide selection of personal care and incontinence products, canes, walkers and wheelchairs to make the recovery easier. Visit us today.

Sources: Stroke.org and the CDC

Stroke Risk Factors You Can and Can’t Control

Posted on: May 14th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

How can you lower your risk for stroke?

Our second post in our Stroke Awareness Month blog series examines the risk factors and what kind of health and medical conditions play a role in causing strokes.

Know your stroke risk factors

Risk factors for stroke vary by age and race

Knowing the causes  and understanding your risk factors are the keys in dealing with stroke. They can affect anyone at any age, but certain people are more at risk for reasons they can and cannot control.

Here are some quick facts we presented in our first post about strokes. Review these to help determine your risk of stroke.

  • Although strokes can and do occur at any age, risk increases with age.
  • After the age of 55, risk doubles for every decade a person is alive.
  • Although  risk increases with age, in 2009, 34 percent of people hospitalized for stroke were under the age of 65.
  • Women suffer more each year than men, mainly because women live longer than men and stroke occurs more often at older ages.
  • African Americans have twice the risk  when compared to Caucasians.
  • Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islanders also have higher risk than Caucasians.

Now let’s talk about the risk factors you can control.

Studies show that 80 percent of all strokes are preventable. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking are key risk factors. About half of Americans (49 percent) have at least one of these three risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk , including:

  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight and obese
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

Please, do everything you can to stay healthy . If you or someone you love has had a stroke and needs home medical equipment, contact LA Medical today. We have a wide selection of bath safety equipment and products to help increase mobility.

Stroke Awareness Month and How it Affects You

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Be Ready and Prepared for Strokes

Did you know that every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke?  What do you know about them? May is Stroke Awareness Month, and LA Medical wants you to be aware of the magnitude of them in our state and our country and share why you may be at risk for a stroke.

Strokes can cause brain damage

Strokes are affect thousands of Americans every year in the U.S.

Here are some alarming statistics on strokes in the United States;

  • On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
  • They cost the United States an estimated $38.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications and missed days of work.
  • They is a leading cause of serious long-term disability
  • About 610,000 of strokes are first or new incidences. One in four of these are recurrent.
  • Ischemic strokes happen when blood clots block the blood vessels to the brain. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 19 deaths.

Knowing the causes of a stroke and understanding your risk factors are the keys in dealing with stroke. Strokes can affect anyone at any age, but certain people are more at risk for reasons they can and cannot control. What are some of the factors you can’t control?

  • Age– Stroke increases with age. After the age of 55, stroke risk doubles for every decade a person is alive.
  • Gender- Women suffer more strokes each year than men, mainly because women live longer than men and stroke occurs more often at older ages.
  • Race- African Americans have twice the risk when compared to Caucasians. Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islanders also have higher risk than Caucasians.
  • Family history- If a family member has had a stroke, everyone in the family has a higher risk.
  • Previous stroke or TIA- About 5 to 14 percent of the people who have one this year will have a second one.

If you or someone you love has had a stroke and needs home medical equipment, contact LA Medical today. We have a wide selection of bath safety equipment and products to help increase mobility.