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Worried About Stroke? Be Aware of Surprising Triggers

By Sandy Schroeder

Sometimes we are too informed. Other times we lack crucial information about serious threats such as strokes. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes someone dies of stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC says the good news is strokes are preventable, treatable and even beatable with lifestyle changes. Here are some surprising things to know about stroke from Reader's Digest. Smoking and excess weight are known major stroke risks, but there are other triggers too.

Flu or flu-like symptoms - Researcher have found flu can raise the risk of stroke in the weeks following sickness.  Inflammation that comes with flu may be part of the problem.

Work overloads - Research shows individuals who work more than 55 hours a week have a much higher risk of stroke. Less time for exercise, too much fast food and high stress demands often play into the situation.

Link to diet drinks - Research shows there may be a stroke link to artificially sweetened drinks. They can also trigger mood swings, headaches and depression.

Noisy neighborhood - High noise levels at work or near your home can impact your health and may up the risk for stroke.

Drugs or alcohol - Binge drinking can trigger heart attacks or stroke and illegal stimulants such as methamphetamines or cocaine have been found to cause strokes in healthy young adults.

Gum disease - Research is ongoing about the link between inflamed gums and a raised risk of heart attacks or stroke. The bacteria that causes inflammation may be the problem.

Change Your Lifestyle with Chiropractic

If you see yourself, or someone close to you, in some of these stroke risk triggers, it may be time to clean up everybody's act with focused support from The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic licensed chiropractors help people of all ages find pain relief and individual answers for health, wellness and fitness.

When you come in, tell your chiropractor where you stand with stroke issues, and ask any other questions that you have. Your chiropractor will assess your situation and refer you to additional resources if needed.

At the same time, you will learn how spinal health can improve overall health and wellness. A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may generate natural pain relief and a fresh sense of well-being. Individuals report sleeping better, feeling more energetic and enjoying a sharper alertness.

Benefits are unique to each person. As you assess yours, you may choose weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to stay at your peak. Together you and your chiropractor can put together a wellness program that helps you lower your risk for stroke or heart disease.

To get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community. Find out about the affordable personal healthcare plans that eliminate the hassle of insurance. Enjoy the convenience of weekend and evening hours. No appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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