Hey drivers! keep your blood pressure in check and pass your Dot physical. Most importantly, don’t stop there, because you owe it to yourself and those that matter in your life to continue to watch your pressure and follow your doctor’s advice to lower your risk for a stroke. See you at the next physical!
To read more about high blood pressure please see earlier post “High Blood pressure and the DOT Medical Examination…” and read the following post from the Presidential Healthcare Center about strokes, otherwise known as cerebrovascular accidents (CVA).
In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing over 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.
High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke. However, other risk factors include:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Family history of stroke
- High cholesterol
- Increasing age (esp. over 55)
- Race (black people have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke than white people)
- Heart disease
- Lifestyle factors (smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise)
Women are twice as likely to die from stroke than breast cancer annually. The estimated direct and…
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