A stroke can be a frightening situation to deal with, but things can get even scarier when your understanding of the condition is inaccurate. Failing to comprehend your condition can add needless worry and stress and can make the journey to recovery much more difficult. To help you understand the condition and give you some peace of mind, the neurosurgeons of IGEA Brain & Spine want to clear up the most common misconceptions about strokes.

An image of an ischemic brain stroke illustration.

1. It’s an Old People Disease

Many people believe strokes only affect people once they advance in age, but this is far from the truth. According to the American Stroke Association, there is an increase of strokes in young people and a decrease in older people. The rate of stroke cases rose 51 percent among men of ages 15 to 34 and 17 percent in women in the same age category.

2. Strokes Can’t be Prevented

One of the most important things a person can do to prevent a stroke is control their blood pressure. This can be done by monitoring your blood pressure and consulting with a physician who will properly treat it if it’s high and help you keep it regulated.

3. Strokes Are Completely Hereditary

While family history is a contributing factor in your risk of stroke, there are many things that can increase your risk so the best thing to do is to monitor them closely. Apart from regulating your blood pressure, doing things such as treating high cholesterol, exercising and quit smoking will significantly reduce your risk of stroke.

4. Strokes Occur To The Heart

There is a common misconception of strokes being synonymous with heart attacks. Strokes attack the brain and happen when the blood flow to the brain is obstructed (ischemic stroke) or an artery ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke).

5. Laying Down will Make Symptoms Disappear

The last thing you want to do if you feel the symptoms of a stroke is lay down and wait for it to blow over. When you identify the symptoms (facial drop, arm weakness, slurred speech) you need to act fast and find medical attention. Your health is highly important, so don’t wait around.

Your Health is Our Priority

We know how difficult it is to experience the pain and anguish of a stroke, but we’ll work hard to make sure your journey to recovery is as easy as possible. Our neurosurgeons will make sure your family understands everything about this condition and will approach your treatment with the utmost professionalism and care. Let us put our technologically-advanced instrumentation and minimally invasive procedures to work. Contact our location in New Jersey for more information about our medical services.