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How To Prevents Heart Strokes?

Your information has been very helpful and very informative. I had a stroke in 2009. I was born in 1956, so I am not old. I come from a family of congestive heart failure patients. When I wake up every day, I am blessed. Any direction you can lead me in for more information could be very helpful. Thank you
Thu, 28 May 2015
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for putting your query at HealthCareMagic. Myocardial infarction is popularly known as heart attack which occurs when a blood vessel in the wall of the heart becomes blocked either by becoming narrow due to fat deposition or due to some blood clot obscuring its lumen. On the other hand stroke is a condition wherein a similar condition affects the brain and not the heart. It can also occur due to bleeding due to rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. So, there is no condition called 'heart stroke'. I am sure that you would be able to distinguish between the two.

Anybody of your present age of 58 years of age, needs to have a proper lifestyle in order to prevent cardio-vascular diseases like heart attack and stroke. People having a positive family history of heart disease or previous history of stroke have an increased risk. Since you have had a stroke in the past, it's important to reduce your risk of a second stroke. Your brain helps you recover from a stroke by asking the unaffected brain regions to do double duty. That means a second stroke can be twice as bad. Now, both of these are lifestyle related diseases. Stress or anxiety is an important predisposing factor for both and hence the anxiety that how long can you actually live, is actually going to be hazardous for you.

Some of the most important treatable risk factors for stroke are:
* High blood pressure, or hypertension: by far the most potent risk factor for stroke.
* Cigarette smoking.
* Heart disease including congestive heart failure.
* Diabetes.
* Cholesterol imbalance.
* Physical inactivity and obesity.

It would be a long chapter if I try to give you details of each of the above topics but it would not be hard to find out from your doctor. Regular medication, periodic assessment of your health related parameters, regular exercise, a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude will help you overcome your nightmare easily. Stay relaxed.

I hope that I have successfully answered your query (though in brief). Feel free to contact me back in case you have any more queries.
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Cardiologist Dr. Sukhvinder Singh's  Response
Dear Sir
Thanks for your query.
1. A family history of congestive heart failure in multiple relatives is worrisome. The first step in this regard is to establish the cause of CHF in the relatives.
2. Second step would be to get your self checked up for that particular condition.
3. If it is there get it treated, if it is not there get all preventive measures.
4. Keeping good control of diabetes / high blood pressure, cessation of alcohol and smoking, keeping optimal weight and doing regular supervised exercise and avoiding stress are some general principles for healthy heart.
Sincerely
Sukhvinder
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How To Prevents Heart Strokes?

Thanks for putting your query at HealthCareMagic. Myocardial infarction is popularly known as heart attack which occurs when a blood vessel in the wall of the heart becomes blocked either by becoming narrow due to fat deposition or due to some blood clot obscuring its lumen. On the other hand stroke is a condition wherein a similar condition affects the brain and not the heart. It can also occur due to bleeding due to rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. So, there is no condition called heart stroke . I am sure that you would be able to distinguish between the two. Anybody of your present age of 58 years of age, needs to have a proper lifestyle in order to prevent cardio-vascular diseases like heart attack and stroke. People having a positive family history of heart disease or previous history of stroke have an increased risk. Since you have had a stroke in the past, it s important to reduce your risk of a second stroke. Your brain helps you recover from a stroke by asking the unaffected brain regions to do double duty. That means a second stroke can be twice as bad. Now, both of these are lifestyle related diseases. Stress or anxiety is an important predisposing factor for both and hence the anxiety that how long can you actually live, is actually going to be hazardous for you. Some of the most important treatable risk factors for stroke are: * High blood pressure, or hypertension: by far the most potent risk factor for stroke. * Cigarette smoking. * Heart disease including congestive heart failure. * Diabetes. * Cholesterol imbalance. * Physical inactivity and obesity. It would be a long chapter if I try to give you details of each of the above topics but it would not be hard to find out from your doctor. Regular medication, periodic assessment of your health related parameters, regular exercise, a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude will help you overcome your nightmare easily. Stay relaxed. I hope that I have successfully answered your query (though in brief). Feel free to contact me back in case you have any more queries.