This health video focus' on how a stroke strikes every forty-five seconds. Find out now if you are at risk.
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Male speaker: Most of the public doesn't recognize the complications associated with strokes. Dr. Dean Edell: If you have hypertension, arterial blockage, diabetes or high cholesterol, you could be a walking time bomb. Dr. Robert Zwolak: The risk for a stroke, in fact, is very similar to the risk for other cardiovascular diseases. In addition, for stroke, people who have irregular heartbeats called atrial fibrillation are at substantial risk for stroke. Dr. Dean Edell: How can you find out if you are at risk? Robert: My name is Robert. I'm going to be checking the carotid arteries in your neck here. Dr. Dean Edell: Across the country, churches, community organizations and health clubs provide access to tests outside of hospital setting, bringing trained screeners and high-tech equipment to the places where people gather. Robert: I'm checking the carotid arteries and the main arteries that feed the face in the brain, main arteries that are related to strokes. Dr. Dean Edell: Mobile ultrasound companies provide the service. They can perform a battery of tests that measure your risk for stroke and arterial disease. Depending on the results of the patient and his or her personal physician can decide on the best ways to prevent stroke and treat the underlying conditions. Roy Meadows: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dr. Dean Edell: I'm Dr. Dean Edell.