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Drugs Non-Compliance Effect and Its Risk of Strokes
Nowadays the most prescribed drugs are; Atorvastatin (generic name of medication) for dyslipidemia, Levothyroxine for thyroid diseases, Lisinopril for hypertension, and Metformin for diabetic patients. Those medications are prescribed by a doctor to be taken in a specific way. Not taking them will lead to many complications and most importantly the patient will be at a higher risk of getting strokes. In order to minimize ischemic strokes (ischemic strokes occur when a vessel supplying blood to the brain is obstructed) due to patients not complying with their drug intake, doctors would advise smokers to stop smoking and regulate atrial fibrillation if present. In addition, female patients should avoid the use of contraceptive pills if they are at risk of stroke, as well as, patients with sickle cell anemia should be treated. Furthermore, diet (waist to hip ratio), exercise, alcohol consumption, and antiaggregant pills compliance help decrease the risk of getting a stroke. Moreover, screening for sleep apnea is an additional factor to help the person getting less strokes. Having a well-balanced diet helps as well. Mediterranean diet is considered healthy with supplemented nuts and reduction of sodium intake. Additionally, primary stroke, as well as secondary (those who already suffered from a prior stoke, or a transient ischemic attack) have all those modifiable factors accounting to up to 90% of them. Finally, in case of noncompliance of the drugs, patients should monitor their blood pressure many times during the day, along with glucose blood levels since a cardiac embolism is sudden and more dangerous. Avoiding sedentary life and weight loss are crucial. Drugs like anticoagulant warfarin along with a physician follow up are key. For more information do not hesitate to call Dr Hanina on 03/944331 and watch his awareness videos on his YouTube channel.