Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is either blocked or bursts, which keeps oxygen from getting to the brain.
Some risk factors that can lead to stroke, like family history, are out of your control, but there are some lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk.
Uncontrolled hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the leading cause of stroke. Other chronic health conditions, like diabetes and high cholesterol, can increase your risk of stroke. Smoking, not getting enough exercise or eating a diet high in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol are also risk factors that can contribute to a higher risk of stroke. Making lifestyle changes to address these risk factors can help lower your risk of stroke.
If you need help, we can help find the right program for you and we can get you answers fast by providing individualized assistance with applications, eligibility screening, and documentation. Visit our Angelina County Connects location at 503 Hill Street, Lufkin or call (936) 633-1442.