Experts estimate that up to 40 percent of stroke cases could be prevented, adopting certain habits, such as a healthy diet, the regular practice of physical exercise, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and adequately controlling certain diseases such as diabetes. hypercholesterolemia, high blood pressure, and certain heart diseases. Other risk factors, such as age (three out of four strokes affect those over 65), it is not possible to modify them.

Doctors of the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians (SEMERGEN have indicated the important role played by these professionals in the detection of this pathology, since they are usually the first to treat a patient with stroke, and are, therefore, responsible for establishing a diagnosis of suspicion, which will be confirmed or discarded with tests that are carried out later.

Primary Care physicians are usually the first to treat a patient with stroke and to establish a diagnosis of suspicion

Also, primary care physicians have the possibility to identify those people who have risk factors for developing a stroke, and advise them to modify their lifestyle and abandon harmful habits such as smoking and alcohol, and to establish a pharmacological treatment for them. control correctly those conditions that may suffer and that are associated with the onset of stroke.

In addition, by having a closer relationship with the general population, it is very important that Primary Care physicians are involved to make patients aware that stroke, which has a high incidence and usually causes disability (many of the people who suffer a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) they will present some complication or sequel later), it can be prevented.

Regardless of the risk factors, from the age of 55 every ten years the chances of suffering a stroke are doubled, hence the importance of establishing preventive measures as soon as possible so that the health status of the people is the best possible for their age, since the aging of the population will result in a greater number of strokes and in patients with sequelae and dependence.

Exercise and Stroke Prevention – Barriers to Success (November 2019).