Although no details have yet been released about the comedian’s medical history, strokes are generally linked either to family history or to lifestyle factors. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. — the controllable risk factors for the disease include high blood pressure, type 1 and 2 diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, lack of exercise, and a diet high in saturated fats. The genetic disease sickle cell anemia, which affects largely Black and Hispanic individuals, can also raise stroke risk.

The AHA also notes the four major stroke symptoms, which are easy to remember with the mnemonic hack F.A.S.T.: Face drooping on one side; Arm weakness (usually in just one arm); Slurring (speech difficult to understand); Time to call 911 immediately if you notice any or all of those warning signs. Severe headache, dizziness, lack of coordination, and mental confusion can also be signs of danger. Sinbad’s family didn’t indicate whether he exhibited any of these signs when he was admitted to the hospital, but quick medical treatment can help prevent stroke death and increase the chances of recovery.

Sinbad’s family added, “Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time.” Prayers going up, and we’ll watch for good news.

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