Luke Perry, the Hollywood actor and heart rob, who rose to fame on Beverly Hills 90210 has died of a massive Stroke. He was 52 years old. He apparently was rushed to the hospital last Wednesday due to stroke and was conscious and talking when transported by the ambulance to the hospital but his condition deteriorated. He died Monday morning, March 4th.

There’s no further report of what kind of stroke he had and what conditions he might have had that led to his massive stroke. Although in 2015, he had a colorectal cancer scare which most definitely has nothing to do with his passing.

Was he a smoker? There was some report that he was but we didn’t know if he quit long before his demise. Did he have a blood pressure issues? No details of his past medical conditions has been released which I am sure a lot of people are wondering.

This is an opportunity to educate and bring more awareness to the public about stroke. His passing is a devastating reminder to anyone that stroke can affect anyone at any age.


Stroke Remains The Number 2 Cause Of Death

Stroke still remains the number 2 cause of death worldwide but it is preventable, treatable and beatable. According to American Stroke Association by learning the F.A.S.T. warning signs you will be able to know if a person is having a stroke.

F- Face drooping–Does one side of the face is drooping or numb? Ask the person to smile, is the person’s smile uneven?

A- Arm weakness–Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S- Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.

T- Time to call 9-1-1. If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately.


Important Things To Remember

Immediate treatment should be given as soon as a person has been determined to be having a stroke, that is why that person who is having a stroke should be transported to the nearest emergency room or a hospital. The goal of the treatment is to keep the amount of the brain injury as small as possible by restoring the blood flow to the part of the brain that has been affected as quick as possible.

When someone is having a stroke, the risk of having another one is high. A thorough monitoring is a must and once the type of stroke has been determined by the doctors, they will prescribe the specific treatments and procedure to reduce the risk of having another stroke.

I have had patients who decided not to go to the hospital right away because their symptoms went away. There was this patient who was only in his early 30s. He went to his doctor’s clinic when he was having just a mild symptom of stroke, which of course at that time, he really didn’t know what was happening to him. The doctor, instead of telling him to go to the nearest emergency room or hospital or help him call 9-1-1 so he could be taken, just gave him a prescription for high blood pressure as his blood pressure was elevated at that time and sent him home.

So the guy went home and just filled his prescription. The sad part ‘though was those symptoms of stroke came back, it was worst. By the time he arrived to the hospital, his right side was already paralyzed so he’s unable to stand and use his right arm. The right side of his face was droopy and his speech was slurred.

I found out that he didn’t have health insurance, that’s why he goes to this doctor who has a substandard practice. He was not well-informed and had no idea that not only did he have high blood pressure but also high cholesterol and diabetes. So he was a high risk for stroke even though he was only in his early 30s.


Stroke Risk Factors Or The Leading Causes Of Stroke

Knowledge is power, so it is very important to know all these information.

Risk Factors Of Stroke That Can Be Controlled, Treat And Improve

  • High blood pressure– It is important to manage high blood pressure.
  • Smoking– Nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette damages the cardiovascular system.
  • Diabetes– Learning how to lower risks with diabetes and prediabetes is very important to decrease the risk of stroke.
  • Diet– Five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day reduces the risk of stroke. The food that we eat may contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, so following a proper diet will lower the risk of stroke.
  • Physical Inactivity– Being active lowers the risk for stroke. Exercise.
  • Obesity– Managing your weight lowers the risks of stroke.
  • High Blood Cholesterol– Large amounts of cholesterol in the blood can build up and cause blood clots leading to a stroke.
  • Carotid Artery Disease- If the carotid artery becomes narrow due to fatty deposits or plaque build up it may become blocked causing a stroke.
  • Peripheral Artery Disease- It is the narrowing of blood vessels carrying blood to leg and arm muscles which is caused by fatty build up of plaque in artery walls which raises their risk for stroke as people with PAD has a higher risk of carotid artery disease.
  • Atrial Fibrillation– Increases stroke risk five fold because it causes the heart’s upper chambers to beat incorrectly which can allow the blood to pool and develop a clot which can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.
  • Other Heart Disease– People with other heart disease has a higher risk of stroke compare to those that has a healthy heart, so keeping a healthy heart is the key. Or if you have heart conditions, work with your health care provider to manage your heart conditions properly.
  • Sickle Cell Disease– This genetic disorder causes sickled red blood cells which tends to stick to blood vessel walls which can block arteries to the brain and cause a stroke. Managing the disease carefully to control flare-ups is very essential.

A sick patient

Risk Factors That You Have No Control Of

  • Age- As we age, the likelihood of having a stroke increases although it is more common among elderly.
  • Family History- If there’s a history of stroke in your family, you have a higher risk of having a stroke.
  • Race– African- American have a much higher risk of death from a stroke than Caucasians as they also have a higher risk for high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
  • Gender– Women have more strokes than men due to a lot of factors such as pregnancy, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia/eclampsia, oral contraceptive use especially if combined with smoking and post menopausal hormone therapy.
  • Prior Stroke, TIA or Heart Attack– A person who has had a prior stroke has a higher chance of having another stroke and if you had a heart attack you have a higher chance of having a stroke also.

Prevention Of Stroke

As what I have said earlier, knowledge is power. Knowing the risk factors, the modifiable and the non modifiable are very important. By making sure that you are aware of what your risks are then preventive measures can be implemented.

Let us keep our brain healthy by keeping a good blood pressure, controlling our cholesterol level, maintaining a normal blood sugar, being active, eating better, not smoking, maintaining a normal weight and by making sure we do our yearly physicals so we know our number. With numbers, I mean our cholesterol levels, our blood sugar level and our blood pressure.

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Reference: American Stroke Association