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Risk Factors for Heart Attack and Stroke


Nathan Laufer, MD, practices at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

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Text:     Risk Factors for Heart Attacks & Strokes, Dr. Nathan Laufer, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Audio:  “I’d like to talk to you today about the risk factors for heart attacks and for strokes. We’ve known over the last 30 years…”

Text:      5 main risk factors, Risk Factors for Heart Attacks & Strokes (remains on-screen throughout video)

Audio:  “…that there are really five main risk factors for vascular disease.”

Text:      1 - family history

Audio:  “Number one is the family history and, unfortunately, we can’t pick our parents and that’s the one risk factor that we can’t do anything about. But there are four other ones that we certainly can affect.”

Text:        2 - smoking

Audio:  “Smoking is very crucial both for heart attacks and for strokes.”

Text:        3 - high blood pressure

Audio:  “High blood pressure is very important and is actually more important as a risk factor for corroded artery disease, which can lead to strokes than it is for heart attacks.”

Text:    4 - diabetes 

Audio:  “Diabetes is important for all vascular disease and strict control of diabetes is absolutely crucial in this situation.”

Text:    5 - high cholesterol

Audio:  “Finally, the risk factor of high cholesterol is absolutely crucial. We do know that high cholesterol causes plaques to form in all vascular systems, and if there is a plaque already there, if you have high fat in your circulation or high cholesterol in your circulation…”

 Text: 5 main risk factors

Audio:  “…that translates to high fat in the plaque. High fat in the plaque becomes like Jell-o and it is a lot easier for that plaque to therefore tear and cause a clot to form, which can lead to heart attack. Whether we do an angioplasty or not or whether we do bypass surgery or not, patients with lower cholesterols live longer than patients with high cholesterol.”

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