FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — According to the American Heart Association, more than 795,000 people experience a stroke each year.

Strokes can happen to anyone regardless of age, but the likelihood of suffering from a stroke increases with age. A stroke Nurse Practitioner with Washington Regional said that strokes are the leading cause of death and disability in America.


Lifestyle changes such as exercise and going on walks can reduce a stroke. Changing your diet to a fiber-forward diet and choosing leaner meats and low-fat dairy will also reduce your risk.

If you are a smoker, it is best to quit. Smoking increases your chance of getting a stroke. This includes vaping and e-cigarettes and nicotine use.

Women are at higher risk of suffering from a stroke, according to the American Stroke Association one in five women will have a stroke. Speaking to your health care provider and checking your blood pressure can reduce the risk.

Warning signs from the American Stroke Association:

  • Evaluate your risk factors for stroke. Some risk factors are controllable and treatable, while others aren’t. It’s important to understand your risk.
  • Know your blood pressure and keep it in a healthy range. High blood pressure is the No. 1 preventable cause of stroke.
  • Talk to your healthcare professional about ways to improve your well-being and help prevent stroke.
  • Learn how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. If you see Face drooping, Arm weakness or Speech difficulty, it’s Time to call 911.