EP 958B - You CAN Prevent Stroke

Summary: Heart and blood vessel health is knowable, measurable, and manageable -- including stroke.
Air Date: 9/17/19
Duration: 18:51
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Joshua S. Yamamoto, MD
Dr. Joshua S. Yamamoto was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated with a degree in physics from Princeton University, and subsequently worked as a paramedic for the Alexandria City Fire Department before attending Dartmouth Medical School. He trained on the Osler Medical Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and then completed cardiology training at the National Naval Medical Center and Georgetown University.

He was the cardiology consultant to the U.S. Congress, Director of Cardiac Imaging, and held a faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University. In 2005, he was lent to the Army and served in Kuwait as the theater cardiologist for the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon his return, he dutifully followed orders and joined his wife in private practice.
EP 958B - You CAN Prevent Stroke
Natural aging leads to artery plaque, high blood pressure, and slower and irregular heartbeats. You can do everything right, and time will still pass. You will still age. 

Fortunately, understanding of the biology of aging has improved. Heart and blood vessel health is knowable, measurable, and manageable -- including stroke.

Facts about stroke:

  • Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.
  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
  • About 185,000 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke.
  • About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.
  • Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed days of work.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
  • Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.
Dr. Joshua S. Yamamoto joins Dr. Roizen to discuss specific ways to prevent stroke. He also shares insights from his book, You Can Prevent a Stroke, co-authored with Dr. Kristin Thomas. 

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