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Stroke Prevention

The recent passing of 52-year-old celebrity Luke Perry gained quite a bit of media attention, with the conversation leaning particularly towards the cause of his death: a stroke.

We spoke with Mohamed Teleb, MD, medical director of neurosciences at Banner Desert Medical Center, to ask him a few questions about stroke prevention.

Question: How can people ensure they are taking care of themselves?

  • Walk for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Eat a healthy diet that consists of lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Be sure to get adequate sleep, as less sleep can be associated with strokes and heart disease.
  • Reduce stress in whatever way you can (i.e. meditation, more social engagement, etc.).
  • Mind-body connection is important – be aware of how you are feeling and when you may need to make a lifestyle change or reduce stress levels.
  • Q: Should people ask their doctor for specific tests or routine checkups?

    Be sure to see your doctor once a year. In general, it’s important to attend these routine checkups to look for vascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

    Q: What should people do to reduce the risk of having a stroke?

    Lifestyle plays a larger role than genetics. Stay active, eat healthy and reduce your stress levels. The top two lifestyle changes to make to help reduce your chance of stroke is to modify blood pressure and stop smoking.

    Q: What are some of the causes of stroke among younger individuals?

    In young adults, there are two major factors that can increase one’s risk for strokes. The most important thing to avoid is illicit drugs. The second most important thing to avoid is physical trauma, such as car accidents, turning your neck too quickly, sports injuries, and many more.

    Talk with your physician if you have concerns about stroke prevention. For more information about stroke care visit

    To learn more about your vascular health take our free Symptoms Profiler Health Risk Assessment.

    Neurosciences Senior Health

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