If you're like most middle-aged guys, you probably don't spend much time worrying about stroke symptoms. After all, strokes are a risk we associate with later in life -- something to fret about after we retire and are fitted with our first pair of dentures.
But maybe we should be a little more concerned. Strokes are, after all, the fourth most common cause of death in all men -- behind heart disease, cancer, and accidents. They are indeed more likely in men over 65, but they can happen at any age. Strokes are also more likely to be fatal and strike early in men than in women.
The consequences of a stroke can be devastating. Not only can a stroke kill you, if it doesn't, it can leave you severely debilitated, paralyzed, and unable to communicate.
However, the news isn't all bleak. According to the National Stroke Foundation, 80% of all strokes are preventable. So it's time to improve your odds. If you're at risk, you need to learn the signs of stroke and make some changes in your lifestyle.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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