Lisa Loring, The Original Wednesday Addams, Dies Of A Stroke At 64 – Minimize Your Risk
In a Facebook post, her good friend Laura Jacobson paid tribute to the American actress. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of our friend Lisa Loring,” Jacobson said.
“[Four] a few days ago she suffered a massive stroke caused by smoking and high blood pressure.
“She was on life support for [three] days. Her family made the difficult decision yesterday to have it removed and she passed away last night.”
Loring’s daughter Vanessa Fumberberg confirmed her mother’s departure to Variety.
“She left peacefully with both of her daughters holding her hands,” Fumberg said.
As Jacobson stressed, high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke, as confirmed by the NHS.
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Smoking increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to the National Health Service.
There are two main types of stroke: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke; smoking and high blood pressure are risk factors for both.
An ischemic stroke occurs when the arteries narrow, allowing a clot to block the passage of oxygen-rich blood to the brain.
This narrowing of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, occurs naturally in old age, but certain factors “dangerously speed up the process” such as:
- High blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- Excessive alcohol consumption.
As for hemorrhagic stroke, this type of stroke occurs when a blood vessel inside the skull ruptures and bleeds into and around the brain.
The US National Health Service reports: “The main cause of hemorrhagic stroke is high blood pressure, which can weaken the arteries in the brain and make them more likely to split or rupture.”
Factors that may increase the risk of high blood pressure include:
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- Lack of exercise
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The NHS adds: “Hemorrhagic strokes can also be caused by a ruptured ballooning of a blood vessel (cerebral aneurysm) or by abnormally formed blood vessels in the brain.”
While you cannot rule out the possibility of a stroke, there are ways to minimize the risk.
To begin with, any smoker would greatly benefit from becoming a non-smoker; The National Tobacco Control Helpline is available on 0300 123 1044 (England only).
Another lifestyle modification is to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink, as “drinking more than triples the risk of stroke.”
People are advised to consume no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, which is supposed to be spread over three days or more, rather than in one drink.
Another dietary tip is to stick to a “low-fat, high-fiber diet” that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
“It is important to ensure balance in your diet. Don’t eat too much of any particular food, especially high-salt and processed foods,” adds the NHS.
Finally, another important element of stroke prevention is body movement. Frequent exercise is key.
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