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Risk Factors That Predispose An Individual To Suffer A Stroke
Coronary artery dz: The most common cause is disease of the coronary arteries, but problems in the electrical conducting system can also be a cause. Cardiomyopathies of many different causes are associated with sudden cardiac arrest. Many of these people have implanted defibrillators to reduce this risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can smoking alone cause a heart attack in 41 year old woman. or would you have to have other uncontrolled risk factors?
Probability: It's all a matter of probabilities. A 41 yo woman with BP of 120, cholesterol 200, HDL of 50, BP of 120 who doesn't smoke has 0.7% ten year risk of heart attack. If she smokes, her risk is 2.7%. To calc your own risk, goto: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/StatementsGuidelines/Prevention-Guidelines_UCM_457698_SubHomePage.jsp - Then click on "Launch Web Version". ...Read more
Why do people with dementia have a greater risk of developing an adverse reaction to anticholinergics?
Acetylcholine: Anticholinergic medications block the effect of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that plays a key role in the process of remembering. Mental status changes associated with anticholinergics can range from mild cognitive impairment to delirium. Patients with alzheimer's disease and other dementias are especially sensitive due to already existing cholinergic abnormalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any occupations that may predispose a person to a higher degree (than the general population is otherwise) of forming blood clots?
Yes: Job required prolong sitting (desk ) or standing (Traffic police, Military guard ) or extended travels (pilot, bus or truck driver) increases risk for blood clot especailly associated with other risk foactors such as smoking. Blood clots associated with prolonged sitting in front of a computercalled “seated immobility thromboembolism” or “e-thrombosis”. ...Read more
Genetic and others: There are several inherited factors that, if positive, can increase risk of clotting. There are factors that can be increased due infection or other illness that can increase clotting risk. Older age is also a factor. Decreased mobility is also a risk factor, and this can very predictable after certain surgeries. ...Read more
Depends on MI: Many mental illnesses tend to "run true, " so having a schizophrenic relative increases your risk for schizophrenia. However, a number of illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, adhd) all may increase one's risk for substance abuse because of increased impulsivity and life dissatisfaction. Fh of alcoholism and/or substance abuse definitely increase one's risk. ...Read more
Could it be possible to recover from a stroke with no complications, how can someone reduce their risk of a stroke?
Varies: There is no one-size-fits-all answer. How much emotion is shown at the time the news is received, and what form it takes, is unpredictable and says nothing about the person. Some folks function perfectly throughout the period of bereavement; others may need down-time, and there are a variety of recognizable pathological grief reactions that may require intervention. ...Read more
Smoking: Smoking confers an approximately 16x higher risk of cardiovascular disease than in non-smokers. This is worse than high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). A combination of smoking cessation therapies works best, and this includes support groups, medications (e.g., chantix), and nicotine delivery alternatives (e.g., patches, gums, etc.). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do people with dementia have a greater risk of developing a negative reaction to anticholinergic drugs?
They cause confusion: Anticholinergic medications have been known to cause confusion and giving them to people with dementia further increases the confusion they already have. Plus , it causes severe dryness of the mouth, difficulty initiating urination and blurred vision, all these symptoms already present in the geriatric population ...Read more
Mostly.....: Mostly your mother, father, and grandparents.Get a more detailed answer ›
Would it be possible that a person develop type 2 diabetes with no family history of the disorder?
Is it possible to have a genetic cardiac defect leading to ventricular arrhythmia/sudden death ... Even with no family history of any heart defect?
Yes: It is possible for all of your family to be heterozygous for an abnormality and therefore asymptomatic and you are homozygous and at risk. It is unlikely that you would have a problem of this nature and not have had serious symptoms or diagnostic evidence by the time you were 20. You need to get control of your anxiety. You have a normal echo and a loop recorder in place. Take your Xanax (alprazolam) and chill ...Read more
How probable is a heart attack in a young person with no risk factor but tobacco smoking and no family history of heart problems ?
That would be low: Being low does not mean it is not possible. It takes time for the arteries to get clogged and being young is an advantage as that time has not been there yet, as long as all other risk factors are not present. ...Read more
Probably estrogen: The girls have some protection even with other risks being identical. ...Read more
Yes, if an embolus: Strokes can be caused by clots that form in the heart and travel to the brain, most often if the person has atrial fibrillation. In this case, anti-clotting drugs definitely reduce the risk of another. If the stroke was caused by bleeding, they should not be used. Strokes can also be caused by small vessel diseae, and they are not helpful for these. ...Read more
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