Dr Oz: Stroke Risk Factors
If you think strokes only happen to people who are old or sick then Dr. Oz has a medical alert you cannot afford to miss. Today he discusses the new face of stroke, young women at risk, and what you can do to protect yourself so it never happens again.
Dr Oz: What Causes a Stroke?
Dr. Oz says an alarming new report shows that the face of stroke is getting younger and younger, with the percentage of women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s getting strokes increasing by 40% in recent years. What’s even more scary is that the number continues to grow with more women having strokes than men and many of them left with physical impairments. It is important to know if you are at risk for a stroke so you can recognize the signs before it is too late.
Dr. Oz explains that a stroke occurs when plaque builds up in a blood vessel and then bursts and moves to the brain where it causes a bruise, or brain attack, leading to part of the brain getting killed off and causing symptoms that often show up out of nowhere.
Dr Oz: Risk Factors for Strokes in Young Women
Dr. Carolyn Brockington says it is very important to educate women and doctors because the face of stroke is getting younger and younger and putting more and more people at risk for suffering irreversible brain damage. Dr. Oz says all women are at risk for a stroke, but younger women have a special set of risk factors to consider.
- Migraines increase your risk for a stroke because they could be a sign something serious is going on with your blood vessels.
- Certain types of neck movement can increase a woman’s risk for a stroke. One of Dr. Oz’s guests shares how having her head bent back in the sink of her hairdresser for an hour caused a blood vessel to tear, which led to her having a stroke three days later.
- Taking birth control pills could increase your risk for a stroke due to hormone fluctuations that can sometimes cause blood clots.
- Pregnancy and giving birth is another risk factor for strokes in young women due to fluctuations in hormones that often occur, especially in the first 12 weeks postpartum.
Dr Oz: Diabetes Stroke Risk Factor
Along with the additional risk factors that young women need to keep in mind, Dr. Oz says there are some classic stroke risk factors to remember as well.
- Family history
- 10+ pounds overweight
- High Blood Pressure
These are risk factors that both women and men need to be aware of in order to protect themselves from having a stroke.