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 Prevention of Stroke is a Lifestyle Change: New Video Explains How to Prevent a Stroke

January 4, 2012   Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson    312-334-2311

CHICAGO - Dennis R. Gable, M.D., a vascular surgeon with Baylor Vascular Hospital and Texas Vascular Associates, P.A., of Plano, Texas, is featured in a broadcast-quality healthcare video, produced by the Society for Vascular Surgery®.

The video explains that strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in America according to the 2010 National Vital Statistics Report. A buildup of plaque blocks or narrows the carotid artery in the neck resulting in a stroke. In 2010, 137,000 Americans died from strokes.

Mini-strokes known as transient ischemic attacks may precede a full stroke. “There may be temporary loss of function in an arm, leg, or speech,” said Dr. Gable. “Function may return after several minutes.” 

Often, strokes occur without warning. Carotid artery disease and stroke risk factors are:

• high cholesterol
• high blood pressure
• diabetes

“Prevention of a stroke isn’t a pill you take,” said Dr. Gable. “It isn’t a single procedure. It’s a lifestyle change.
If you’re smoking, you have to quit. If you’re not exercising, you’ve got to get out there and exercise. You’ve got to watch what you eat – the portion size, the calories, the types of foods.”  

Vascular surgeons utilize ultrasounds to diagnose carotid artery disease. Prescription medications and lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of stroke. 

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