In recent days, as the Democratic field grows exponentially each day, we’ve seen a return to 2016 coverage by the media: Trump takes over every news cycle with new crazy, Bernie is in the lead, Buttigeig speaks eight languages, Elizabeth Warren’s unlikable, Kamala Harris is too hard, Amy Klobucher is too mean, ranch dressing, fried chicken, infer vs implied! Are the women ready? Too emotional? That’s almost sounds like a joke considering who we have in the Oval Office right now.
I saw a headline just this morning that Trump had a new nickname for Pete Buttigeig. How is that a headline for a news organization? Four reporters covered this story for the “news” organization! Have we learned nothing in the last two years?
Not to mention that news anchors and pundits continue to drown us in whataboutism, false equivalency, and but both sides.
There are many factors that go into whether or not you will have a stroke. The following list of risk factors, increased risk factors, and additional risk factors comes directly from the CDC (the Center for Disease Control).
Race/ethnicity. African Americans have almost two times the risk of white people of having a first stroke. Hispanic Americans and American Indian/Alaska Natives are at greater risk than whites are for having a stroke but are at less risk than African Americans. African Americans and Hispanics are more likely than whites to die after having a stroke.
Age. Stroke risk increases with age. Three-quarters of strokes occur in people ages 65 and older.
Geography. The highest U.S. death rates from stroke occur in the southeastern United States.
Gender. Men are more likely than women to have a stroke.
Certain lifestyle factors and conditions also increase the risk for stroke. The most important of these include:
High blood pressure
Heart disease (such as atrial fibrillation)
Previous stroke or transient ischemic attack
Additional risk factors include:
Overweight or obesity
Sickle cell disease
Drinking too much alcohol
Family history of stroke
Genetic conditions, such as blood-clotting or vascular disorders (for example, Factor V Leiden or CADASIL)
Certain medications (such as hormonal birth control pills)