Dr. Acevdeo interviewed by News Channel 12 on stroke risk factors and how to reduce them
Recently Dr. Paul Acevedo was interviewed for Stroke Awareness Month by Channel 12 News. Every year approximately 800,000 people suffer from a stroke and of these strokes 80% are preventable. The news team inquired as to how exactly a person can prevent strokes. Dr. Acevedo started off by stating that, “stroke is the final event of a chronic condition of a lot of problems with blood vessels, blood sugar, and high blood pressure.” The Channel 12 news team further inquired about reducing risk factors of a stroke and Dr. Acevedo stated that, “diet can be changed, exercise, smoking and alcohol cessation can all lead to preventing stroke in our population.
As the interview carried on, the news team inquired about strokes occurring in the younger population two which Dr. Acevedo commented and stated that, “much of this is due to change in risk factors that lead to higher risk of stroke in population.” Of these risk factors some of those mentioned were:
- Metabolic Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Sedentary Lifestyle
The news team then inquired specifically about how family history affects risk factors for a stroke and if there is a way for individuals who have a history of stroke in their family to reduce that risk. Dr. Acevedo went on to state that, “the chances are a little higher if you have had a family member who has suffered from a stroke, but the risks can be diminished and reduced.” Some of the ways to reduce this risk include:
- Exercising and avoiding sedentary lifestyle
- Going to doctor and having risk factors checked such as blood sugar, and blood pressure
- Eliminating tobacco use
- Reducing alcohol use
As the news team carried on they asked Dr. Acevedo about the acronym F.A.S.T. and what it means with regards to a stroke. “F.A.S.T. is a great way to get out and educate the community where the awareness has to be.
- F – Face weakness
- A – Arm weakness
- S – Speech Changes
- T – Time is of the essence
Dr. Acevedo went on to further emphasize that time is of the essence and if any of the signs or symptoms are recognized do not hesitate to act.