10 common misconceptions about stroke – from Barrow Neurological Institute:
Strokes aren’t preventable. Fact: Approximately 80 percent of strokes can be prevented with healthy lifestyle changes.
Strokes are painful. Fact: The symptoms that often lead to stroke, such as dizziness or a loss of balance, do not cause sudden pain.
Smoking doesn’t cause a stroke. Fact: Smoking is a large risk factor for stroke.
Strokes are rare. Fact: Every 45 seconds, someone in United States has a stroke and, on average, one American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes.
Drugs and alcohol use don’t increase the risk of stroke. Fact: Substance abuse and excessive alcohol consumption are leading indicators for stroke among the young.
Misdiagnosis is rare. Fact: An estimated 1 in 7 strokes in young adults is misdiagnosed.
Strokes can’t be treated. Fact: Patients who receive treatment for stroke within 4.5 hours of their first symptoms tend to have better outcomes.
It’s all in the genes. Fact: Although family history does play a role in the risk of stroke, the hereditary conditions that increase stroke risk can often be controlled.
High blood pressure and cholesterol should not be taken seriously. Fact: High blood pressure and high cholesterol contribute to stroke.
A stroke is a heart condition. Fact: Although many believe a stroke occurs in the heart, it actually takes place in the brain