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Hello welcome to -- dog on -- -- stroke kills twice as many women.
Then breast cancer every year however a recent survey shows -- most women think otherwise.
As a part of stroke awareness month -- joining me now is doctor Carolyn.
-- -- director of stroke center dancing -- Roseville hospital here in New York City.
Where -- wake up call.
Wake up call for women about stroke.
Hijack I carry -- definite wake up call -- wake up call I like that because I don't think.
Why is it that women don't get it -- that strokes are also prevalent.
Well it's interesting because a lot of people think women and breast cancer.
Right but what's interesting -- heart disease and stroke right -- really more prevalent in women but -- and so people need to know.
That what their risk factors are and how to change them appropriately so the first thing -- knowledge right and then to do something about him.
Thank you listen we have good -- -- will be doing and send their too because I'd certainly say that but a lot of people don't even think about that.
Do you do you think that stroke is a man's disease -- you think it's equally opportunity lender.
What's interesting is that all ages everyone can have a stroke and obviously the incidents of the number of strokes increases -- you get older.
But whether it's men -- women everyone equally can be affected by stroke.
It has to do with what risk factors you are what kind of medical conditions you have that can increase your risk over time.
All right I think it's important that you tell -- cause you -- the queen of neurology here in New York.
Want are the risk factors for women than they should consider -- the risk factors in general our first high blood pressure right number one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes have very elevated chipper in the blank.
But there are two unique risk factors to women that we should talk about intensive stroke.
One of them happens to be -- -- now or not all type of migraines but a very specific migraine.
And some can't increase someone's risk of stroke.
In addition to allow hormonal replacement therapy things like oral contraceptives.
When you take hormones for postmenopausal -- accent -- because that creates sort of hyper quite able state hyper elevate quite -- to clot that can cause blood clots and those blood clots can go to the brain that can cause a stroke.
So it's very important that people on those therapies number one discussed -- their doctor whether there's a family history of blood clotting.
Because that can be important and also their different type of migrants that people can have that they talk to their doctors about whether that puts them at risk.
-- stroke so let's say I'm 55 years old.
I have high blood pressure.
I have a little bit of Michael let's stroll what do you want me to focus on how to -- prevent me from having a stroke.
Well first it's important that you know those things right many -- -- high blood pressure don't -- right this second step would be to talk to your doctor how high it's the pressure and what can be done to change that.
So that's diet right that's exercise many times and sometimes it requires medication some people say I do everything right but my pressure is still -- But there's a genetic predisposition many times to blood pressure diabetes.
Let's say I do have a blood pressure the -- if you have risk factors like blood pressure.
Control -- take medication don't fool around with your blood pressure keep it on the normal site -- if you have high cholesterol bring to cholesterol down.
And a unique tend to it would diet you got to take -- the -- Got it.
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What are the symptoms of the strokes.
-- -- you understand how the brain works at the left side of the brain takes care the right side of the body divisive person.
That if not enough blood it's getting to the left side of the brain you're gonna have symptoms on one side of the body you may have facial -- If race may not be working quite well you're on May be -- elect might be weak and he -- second symptoms all of a sudden.
If it's another part of the -- -- might have problems with vision all of a sudden we see double he might have trouble walking where it looks as if you're -- but you're not.
He might have trouble speaking -- all of a sudden you can't speak very well or you can't understand what someone saying team.
Again all of these symptoms are going to be Sutton because not enough looking to the brain causes an -- right away this is not -- for months and years that is over seconds to minutes.
So if you haven't you listened to -- how important is it to get help.
It's important to go to the hospital right away you know this is the age of Google everything and look on the -- and equally friend I'm so glad -- mentioning that see another ability of the bright dog.
If I had not the time to do -- because we say time is brain and stroke every moment that goes by that the brain's not getting enough blood flow that could be it.
You reversible injury to the brains that become to the hospital right away.
We can assess if you're having a stroke.
And try to get medicine to improve the blood flow to the brain therefore reducing the injury.
And reducing the symptoms but the problem is we're very limited in terms of the time schedule.
-- -- have any difference between symptoms from men and women.
Know the symptoms of the same because the brain basically the same right we can discuss differences between those who does -- sex in the brain well.
-- aggressive not all right we'll get into okay -- the symptoms would be the same right 'cause it collects the brains involved you can't write body symptoms and vice Versa.
Locates the sudden -- that people ought to know about it's not something that's gonna happen over weeks and months and it's gonna happen over seconds to minutes.
They need to identified in themselves and others and make sure that they go to the emergency room right away -- Quick diagnostic tests.
As we get older should we consider doing.
Vascular studies in our neck.
Well it depends on number one if -- symptoms but number two if you have a family history lot of people have.
Arterial sclerosis or hardening of the arteries and your family you might talk to that with your doctor -- we do that those kinds of tests prophylactic well what's interesting is part of medical exam is doctors listening right with a stethoscope -- your arteries.
And what we're listening for it's a very harsh sound normally should just hear the blood flow in the -- But if he -- -- whoosh whoosh whoosh we call that a brewing.
It's suggestive of a narrowing of the artery -- the bloodiest fighting to get through right so if you hear it sound like the doctor hears a sound.
That's another reason to do vascular study our veteran looking -- brain and we.
Waking up -- ringing the bell give us one last thought about this.
The last thought is that if you can identify your own risk factors and modify them and change them appropriately you can prevent strokes that's the key to know that silly jokes can be prevented absolutely all right well thank you so much for coming.
Thank you for inviting them to see you took him -- something else would be -- to talk about migraines.
And if you have any health questions you can email me your thoughts on that -- of foxnews.com.
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