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Neurogolist Dr. Gabriel Vidal with Ochsner Neuroscience Institute discusses the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke. The most important thing to when if you see the symptoms of a stroke is to call 9-1-1 to get to the hospital as soon as possible. Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking and living an unhealthy lifestyle. Louisiana is the part of the US referred to as the "stroke belt," as that area has a high percentage of people affected by stroke. For more information on stroke, visit Ochsner.org/Stroke.