Actor Luke Perry’s death at 52 is a reminder to know your risk for stroke
The death of “Beverly Hills 90210” heartthrob Luke Perry after suffering a stroke at the relatively young age of 52 can be a wakeup call for you to understand your own risks, no matter your age.
Celebrity news website TMZ reported last week that Perry was hospitalized after suffering a stroke, leading to an outpouring of fans and former co-stars. The “Riverdale” star died on Monday, according to The Associated Press.
“Whenever a celebrity has a stroke, it can remind us to look into our own family histories,” says Dr. Demetrius Lopes, co-director of the Stroke Program and medical director of the Cerebrovascular & Neuroendovascular Program at the Advocate Brain & Spine Institute. “Do you have a high risk for heart attack or stroke in your families?”
“You want to be able to catch this before it surprises you,” Dr. Lopes said.
Dr. Lopes said you should know your key health numbers and try to lower your risk of having a stroke. Try to manage your cholesterol and your waistline, and don’t smoke. Try to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and keep your blood sugar levels from getting too high.
Balance: Are you losing coordination?
Eyes: Are you having trouble seeing?
Face: Is one side of your face drooping?
Arms: If you lift up your arms, is one lower than the other?
Speech: Is your speech slurred?
Time: If you have the symptoms, time is critical. Call for help immediately.
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Mike Riopell is a media relations coordinator with Advocate Aurora Health. Previously, he worked as a reporter and editor covering politics for the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald, among others. He enjoys bicycles, home repair, flannel shirts and being outside.