Alarming rise in stroke risk factors in new study
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There is an alarming report from heart disease researchers as the risk for stroke now significantly on the rise,
A new study in the journal neurology says stroke deaths are down but the risks that are known to accompany it are not, which means you could have a stroke and live disabled.
This alarming trend is leading to new interventions that are hopefully bringing health care to a place where you live, work or worship.
Researchers in the study looked at more than 900,000 people who ended up in the hospital due to a stroke.
They found risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, drug abuse and being overweight were far more prevalent in those who suffered a stroke over a ten-year time period.
The alarming thing about the report, according to the American Heart Association, is that many of the risk factors can be prevented before a stroke occurs.
They now offer health programs in the community in places, such as Mother of Christ Church in Winton Hills, to offer free help.
“I think this is a place where they feel comfortable, they know there's going to be confidentiality, they know it's somebody that cares, so they felt good coming here,” said Vanessa Rozier, a nurse and pastor’s assistant.
Ten churches in Cincinnati were part of a pilot program that tested blood pressure programs in the Cincinnati area.
On average those who participated dropped the top number of their blood pressure down15 points.
It only takes a five-point drop to actually lower stroke risk.
“The American Heart Association recognizes that treatment for cardiovascular disease, and really any chronic disease requires a holistic approach, you know our philosophy of meeting people where they are, giving them access to tools and resources in a very familiar, comfortable setting, we saw great results with that,” said Jeff Gaylor of the American Heart Association.
The real goal is to get people to make one trend and not a whole bunch at once. Little changes add up to big results.