MUSICIAN the leader of the country, Bob Tutupoly known to have just breathed his last on Tuesday (5/7/2022) early this morning.
Before his death, Bob reportedly suffered a minor stroke. Stroke itself is indeed a silent killer, aka not felt by the patient but immediately attacks suddenly and can be fatal to death.
Stroke is considered by the general public as a disease of the elderly, but make no mistake! Because stroke can attack anyone, especially people who have risk factors in it. What are the risk factors for stroke? Summarizing Healthline, which has been medically reviewed by Dr Payal Kohli MD FACC, there are several risk factors that make us more prone to stroke. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, here’s a review of risk factors.
1. Diet: An unbalanced diet can increase the risk of stroke. For example, a diet high in salt, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
2. Lack of movement: Yes, lack of movement, inactivity or lack of exercise can also greatly increase the risk of stroke. The CDC recommends that adults at least be active or get 2.5 hours of aerobic exercise per week or just brisk walking a few times a week.
3. Consumption of high levels of alcohol: Drink alcohol please, but must be in a level that is still light to moderate. That is, no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two drinks per day for men. Consuming too much alcohol can increase blood pressure levels, increasing triglyceride levels. All of this triggers atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the arteries that narrows blood vessels.
4. Cigarettes: The use of tobacco in any form can increase the risk of stroke, because tobacco can damage blood vessels and heart. Similarly, nicotine also increases blood pressure.
5. Personal history: There are risk factors for stroke that we cannot control, for example, personal history. Yes, family medical history matters too. The risk of stroke can be higher in some families due to genetic health factors, such as high blood pressure.
7. Age: The older you get, the higher your chances of having a stroke.
8. Record medical history: Certain medical conditions are associated with stroke risk. Examples include previous strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, heart disorders such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, enlarged heart chambers and irregular heartbeats, diabetes, blood clotting disorders, to a patent foramen ovale ( PFO). It’s best to know about the specific risk factors you have for stroke, see your doctor immediately.