Strokes and key things you should know

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Heart disease is an all too common ailment that stays in the news, whether it’s the latest celebrity’s battle or a new food becoming popular for its ability to lower risks. Blood pressure is generally the first place to look, and when it's too high it can cause all kinds of problems with the heart and the brain, namely stroke.

With strokes being so common, it’s vital to offer stroke awareness. Of course, we’re not just here to deliver bad news; we’re here to offer information and give you a few tips on how you can prevent stroke.




Heart disease is an all too common ailment that stays in the news, whether it’s the latest celebrity’s battle or a new food becoming popular for its ability to lower risks. Blood pressure is generally the first place to look, and when it's too high it can cause all kinds of problems with the heart and the brain, namely stroke.

With strokes being so common, it’s vital to offer stroke awareness. Of course, we’re not just here to deliver bad news; we’re here to offer information and give you a few tips on how you can prevent stroke.




What You Need to Know About Strokes

Strokes are one of the leading causes of death and disability in this country.” In fact, strokes are the fifth most common cause of death in the United States. They are also a leading cause of disability. Strokes are incredibly common, too – one stroke occurs every 40 seconds. The good news is that 80% of strokes can be prevented. Knowing more about strokes, how to spot them, and how to prevent them can save lives. Here is what you need to know about strokes.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is reduced or completely cut off. The brain cells are then deprived of oxygen and can die within a few minutes. Brain cell death can leave lasting damage to a person. Depending on which brain cells die, a person may be unable to walk, talk, or have use of their limbs after a stroke. Strokes can also be deadly.


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What causes a stroke?

There are three different types of strokes. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that obstructs the flow of blood to the brain. When blood vessels rupture and disrupt blood flow, like in an aneurysm, it is called a hemorrhagic stroke. Finally, temporary clots can also form in your body, which can cause a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or a ministroke.

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Since a stroke is a medical emergency, it is important to know the symptoms so you can minimize its effects. The faster you can get the medical treatment, the better your chances of recovering with no permanent disabilities. There are five main symptoms of strokes. They are:

  1. Trouble speaking and understanding words.
  2. Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg. This is usually only on one side of the body. Paralysis in the face may present as the face dropping on one side.
  3. Vision trouble in one or both eyes.
  4. A sudden, severe headache.
  5. Trouble walking, including loss of balance and coordination or dizziness.

What warnings signs of a stroke are overlooked?

Research has shown that the more minor symptoms of a stroke, like facial numbness or dizziness and nausea are often ignored. Many people want to wait and see if their symptoms get better. However, these symptoms may be all the warning you receive. If you are ever in doubt, head to the closest emergency room.


What are holistic approaches to preventing strokes?

The best way to prevent a stroke is to live a healthy lifestyle and get regular medical checkups. It’s important to keep your blood pressure low and your weight in check.

Your ideal goal: Maintain a blood pressure of less than 135/85. But for some, a less aggressive goal (such as 140/90) may be more appropriate.

Exercise at a moderate intensity at least five days a week.

Limiting your saturated fat intake and eating lots of fruits and veggies is also important. In addition to this, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking will all reduce your risk of having a stroke. If you have any health conditions like type 2 diabetes or atrial fibrillation, then get it treated. Staying on top of those diseases will help you stay healthy and prevent strokes.

Having a stroke is scary; however, if you receive medical attention quickly, then your chances of recovery are high. Remember to call 911 if you or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms and always check with your doctor if you have any questions. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and treating any diseases you may have will help prevent strokes and keep you healthy and happy.

    What You Need to Know About Strokes

    Strokes are one of the leading causes of death and disability in this country.” In fact, strokes are the fifth most common cause of death in the United States. They are also a leading cause of disability. Strokes are incredibly common, too – one stroke occurs every 40 seconds. The good news is that 80% of strokes can be prevented. Knowing more about strokes, how to spot them, and how to prevent them can save lives. Here is what you need to know about strokes.

    What is a stroke?

    A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is reduced or completely cut off. The brain cells are then deprived of oxygen and can die within a few minutes. Brain cell death can leave lasting damage to a person. Depending on which brain cells die, a person may be unable to walk, talk, or have use of their limbs after a stroke. Strokes can also be deadly.


    Image

    What causes a stroke?

    There are three different types of strokes. An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that obstructs the flow of blood to the brain. When blood vessels rupture and disrupt blood flow, like in an aneurysm, it is called a hemorrhagic stroke. Finally, temporary clots can also form in your body, which can cause a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or a ministroke.

    What are the symptoms of a stroke?

    Since a stroke is a medical emergency, it is important to know the symptoms so you can minimize its effects. The faster you can get the medical treatment, the better your chances of recovering with no permanent disabilities. There are five main symptoms of strokes. They are:

    1. Trouble speaking and understanding words.
    2. Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg. This is usually only on one side of the body. Paralysis in the face may present as the face dropping on one side.
    3. Vision trouble in one or both eyes.
    4. A sudden, severe headache.
    5. Trouble walking, including loss of balance and coordination or dizziness.

    What warnings signs of a stroke are overlooked?

    Research has shown that the more minor symptoms of a stroke, like facial numbness or dizziness and nausea are often ignored. Many people want to wait and see if their symptoms get better. However, these symptoms may be all the warning you receive. If you are ever in doubt, head to the closest emergency room.


    What are holistic approaches to preventing strokes?

    The best way to prevent a stroke is to live a healthy lifestyle and get regular medical checkups. It’s important to keep your blood pressure low and your weight in check.

    Your ideal goal: Maintain a blood pressure of less than 135/85. But for some, a less aggressive goal (such as 140/90) may be more appropriate.

    Exercise at a moderate intensity at least five days a week.

    Limiting your saturated fat intake and eating lots of fruits and veggies is also important. In addition to this, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking will all reduce your risk of having a stroke. If you have any health conditions like type 2 diabetes or atrial fibrillation, then get it treated. Staying on top of those diseases will help you stay healthy and prevent strokes.

    Having a stroke is scary; however, if you receive medical attention quickly, then your chances of recovery are high. Remember to call 911 if you or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms and always check with your doctor if you have any questions. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and treating any diseases you may have will help prevent strokes and keep you healthy and happy.





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