Whats Your Stroke Risk?

jigsaw
By jigsaw Latest Reply 2014-01-18 17:07:08 -0600
Started 2014-01-12 17:13:29 -0600

Here is a quick quiz that you may find helpful! How well did you do?
http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/a...


32 replies

Dr John
Dr John 2014-01-18 09:17:10 -0600 Report

This is a big gripe with me. I do peripheral artery ultrasound testing. Analyzing the waveform allows me to predict and treat stroke and/or coronary artery disease before it happens. However, the insurance companies will only cover it if a patient has symptoms. At that point, the treatment is drastic, often surgery is be required. If they would cover screening without symptoms, the treatment would be more preventative.
John

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-18 17:07:08 -0600 Report

I've seen quite a few similar insurance situations apply to quite a few potential conditions as well as stroke. It doesn't appear to make much sense to me either. Hopefully, and in time, insurance companies will offer more comprehensive coverage for preventive care.
I admire your involvement and concern regarding preventive care.

dagger1234
dagger1234 2014-01-15 17:52:32 -0600 Report

Nice. I just took it. I'm @ moderate risk! AHHH

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-15 21:15:22 -0600 Report

Being aware is a definite positive. Hopefully, it's possible to make it a low. When I was first diagnosed, my triglycerides were through the roof, and my HDL was the lowest my doctor had ever seen! I'm sure back in time, I was at high risk for stroke, and heart attack. Make a long story short, that was 20 years ago, and currently my triglycerides are within a healthy range, and so is my HDL. Diet and exercise were a major factor for me.
With determination and effort, it will all fall into place.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-01-15 20:18:45 -0600 Report

I know you're working on improving your overall health dagger1234. Retake the test in 6 months and I bet you'll notice a difference. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-01-14 18:02:15 -0600 Report

the most important thing is that you recognize the signs of a stroke and react quickly … the difference can be life and death, or severe or mild complications. know FAST (http://goo.gl/yGwYL) and remember ANYONE can have a stroke … even children.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-15 06:53:28 -0600 Report

It's certainly wise to know the signs of a stroke. It literally saved my wifes life, and she was in her 40s at the time.
A very valuable post for the wise amongst us!

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-15 06:38:36 -0600 Report

haoleboy, I went to that link, That is great. I glimpsed through
it. Now I can go back and study more deeply into it.

Thanks for providing great information!

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-14 20:42:54 -0600 Report

I know it is best to react quickly. I have often thought of getting CPR Training for both my husband and myself. It sure couldn't hurt.

And it helps to study the wide variety of things available via the internet.

I will follow that link shortly.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-15 07:54:54 -0600 Report

That's right, and you and your husband can practice on each other when ever you feel like it! LOL

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-01-13 22:13:59 -0600 Report

Low … had I taken this a year ago, oh wait we know the answer … I had a stroke 1 year ago.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-14 07:52:06 -0600 Report

I hope you recovered well. My wife had a stroke 14 years ago. It was caused by Factor 5 Leiden, a serious and inherited clotting disorder. It was not related to diet or lack of exercise. According to her doctors, it was also brought on by hormone replacement therapy, as prescribed by her gynecologist, and her unfortunate habit of smoking. Fortunately, I was still home, and hadn't left for work yet. I recognized her symptoms and rushed her to the hospital, only 5 min from our home. She was having a major stroke in the base of her brain. It was the quick timing that saved her from devastating after effects. I guess you could say we are both very fortunate that there was a decent outcome. Point at hand, for the ladies, beware of hormone replacement therapy, and we all know about smoking, hopefully!

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-14 16:56:38 -0600 Report

OMG jigsaw!

I would have been scared to death! My nerves aren't real good when it comes to things like that.

I smoked 43 years, I quit 10years ago. I thank God every day.

I'll also leave the hormones alone. I don't need to add more trouble to my life…

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-14 20:23:35 -0600 Report

Good that you quit smoking and don't mess with hormone therapy.. One neurologist told my wife that frequently 3 strikes can almost guarantee a stroke! In my wifes case, smoking, hormone replacement, and Factor 5, was the culprit.
Anyway, she's currently going strong, and keeping me on my toes, in more ways than you could imagine! LOL

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-14 20:40:44 -0600 Report

It's good to know she is doing sooooooooooo well. Also it is good to know that she is upholding her duties of being a woman.

My sister is doing her job!!!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-12 17:15:40 -0600 Report

I scored low risk! Yippeeee!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2014-01-12 17:57:57 -0600 Report

Me too! But 10 years ago I would have scored "plan a funeral"

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-12 18:58:55 -0600 Report

For me, it was more than 10 years ago, but for various reasons, looks like we were heading down the same path. I'll take a boat over a box anytime, if you know what I mean. Also, like you, I prefer to pay for my own boat, not my chiropractors! LOL