Most people think that a stroke is not preventable. But, up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Are you at risk? Know the stroke risk factors.

At the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Center and TIA Program at Keck Medicine of USC, we believe the best stroke is the one that doesn’t happen.

While there are some risk factors that can’t be avoided, there are many that can be addressed. Our expert team believes in empowering our patients with information about their health and stroke prevention.

Stroke risk factors include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Smoking
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Experiencing a transient ischemic attack (TIA)

With prevention as a top priority, the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Center and TIA Program is one of a few programs in Southern California that focuses on managing transient ischemic attacks (TIA).

TIAs typically last only a few minutes and leave no permanent injury to the brain. Despite its transient nature, TIA is a warning sign of more serious impending stroke. The risk of stroke after a TIA can be as high as 25 percent in the first 90 days with the highest risk in the first week. Checking in with your doctor and learning about steps you can take to mitigate your risk against stroke could save your life. StrokeInfoGraphic-3

The Roxana Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic at USC provides multidisciplinary support and care to patients who have had stroke or are at risk of stroke. The clinic leads an education program to raise awareness about stroke risk factors and signs. Lifestyle lectures empower patients with crucial information about their health and stroke prevention. For patients who have suffered a stroke, they provide a community of care and support for patients and their loved ones with the goal of rehabilitation

Symptoms of a stroke and a transient ischemic attack (TIA) may include sudden onset of one, some, or all of the following:

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg (usually unilateral)
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance and/or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

If these symptoms present, call 911 immediately.

For more information about stroke prevention and care, visit the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Center and TIA Program website.