Top Tips to Avoid a Stroke

Top Tips to Avoid a Stroke

Al Palmer suffered a massive stroke as a young man.

“I was totally paralyzed on the left side; I regained 95% of my movement back.”

He didn’t know then what he knows now, that a personal habit may have been a contributing factor.

“First of all I was smoking. Then once you have the stroke, you quite smoking. It’s a drastic change,” says Palmer.

Stroke is the fourth leading killer in this country. It happens when blood flow to the brain becomes blocked, either by a blood clot or a burst blood vessel.

“A lot of studies look at identification of risk factors at the time of stroke, I think at least a third to 40% of the disease we recognize,” says Dr. Ross Levine, Medical Director of Vascular Neurology for Lee Memorial Health System.

Three things, smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol, are major risk factors that people can impact with changes in behavior.

Smoking has long been linked to stroke. Kicking the habit is one way to reduce your risk. Another factor is high blood pressure.

“People in their fifties with high blood pressure, their risk of heart attack and stroke is four times the same person that doesn’t have high blood pressure,” says Dr. Levine.

Taking steps to lower blood pressure can also reduce stroke risk, likewise with high cholesterol.

“Blockages, high cholesterol, plaquing of arteries, high blood pressure. They kind of go hand in hand in a lot of ways,” says Dr. Levine.

A good first step is talking to your doctor and making necessary changes. Something Al Palmer learned the hard way.

“There’s a lot of things that cause changes in your life and I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve only had one stroke.”

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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.



  1. Raghav S on August 29, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Avoid sleeping for long hours and lot of stress work for hours especially on PC and have a routine of doing regular exercises are something that can avoid nerve related disorders

  2. Mandy Sommers on August 29, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I had no idea I was having a stroke. I had many TIA’s before my full stroke. Some of my stroke symptoms were vertigo and vision loss. I told my story on my youtube channel of what is was like before during and after.

  3. Samrat Halder on August 29, 2019 at 9:24 pm

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  4. Geospectre on August 29, 2019 at 9:24 pm

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  5. George Fuss toot on August 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Is it true wi fi signals can trigger strokes???

  6. Amarchand Bardia on August 29, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Reduce weight
    Reduce salt intake.
    Eat lot of vegetable and fruits.
    Avoid oily,fried and junk food.
    Take ample sun shine as God sun cures us.
    Walk more and take deep breathing .
    Never eat.

  7. Marcelino De Leon on August 29, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    you can legally shoot people who are smoking in public because 2nd hand smoke can cause you to have a stroke #knowyourrights

  8. Kenneth see on August 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    That doctor is a quack I was in perfect health and had one

  9. John Levison on August 29, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    On Nov 3, 2016, I was told I will not be getting a kidney transplant because I have blood circulation problems. I live in the USA and my I recently had stroke and almost disabled.

    In my 20’s , I developed venous statis in which the capillaries pop and my skin darkens on both my legs below my knees and above my ankles.

    I have a inherited kidney disease as FSGS and minimal change , two kidney disorders. At that time, there was no treatment for me because my blood was normal but I had proteinuria alot of it.

    My kidney disease didn’t really getbad until 2006, then I was referred to a kidney doctor. He prescribed predisone. It didn’t work on me. It was supposed to slow down the disease. But my problems befan to appear in 2012, when I started to gain weight, I thought at the time I was eating too much, but I later discovered it was excess water. Because later that year, my legs started to leak water. I actually had to squeeze the water out of my socks and trousers. Then I developed claudication which causes pain on my calf muscles in the back of my legs. I would walk a few steps and they would seize up. I would rest a few moments and the pain would go away. Then walk a few more steps and again experience pain.

    Then in February 2014, my kidneys finally failed and I was put on haemodialysis. Then I lost circulation in my toes, then gangrene then amputations in May 2014 on my left foot then my left leg below the knee in June 2014Then my big toe on my right leg, on October 2014, and theno the rest of my toes in Nov 2014.

    By July 2014, I lost 40 liters of of water or 88 pounds of water through haemodialysis.

    I thought since I had 20 other medical problems besides my 2 kidney disorders that I wouldn’t qualify for a kidney transplant. Plus I have 47 chromosomes.

    But at least, I now know, I won’t be getting a kidney.Unless someone invents a cure for poor blood circulation.

    Not every one who has a chronic kidney disorder will have the kind of problems I have had.recently I was introduced to a herbalist from China by a doctor friend from India, we have to fly from India where I went for the treatment to meet with the herbalist dr sale bashiru in China.just in about two months later I was cured of this disease with herbs and oil.and my wife was also cured. We are few years without pain and symptoms is my email address if you need information

  10. Kenneth see on August 29, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    No stroke is preventable you Gould bump your leg on a table get a clot then goes to brains if it could be prevented it wouldn’t be a leading killer doctors are in medicine for money that’s it after my stroke doctors just kept making me reoccurring appointments to get my insurance money

  11. Kenneth see on August 29, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Doctors are insurance minded ensure house car and lives are paid for

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