Stroke is one of the leading causes of serious disabilities in the United States. Every year, about 800,000 people suffer a stroke, of whom 700,000 are first-time cases and 150,000 recurrences. But there are ways to prevent this if you are keen on certain things in your daily life.
Having a stroke is similar to a heart attack, but in this case it attacks the brain. In fact, a stroke occurs when some parts of the brain are interrupted or injured, rendering your body unable to function normally. The affected part of the brain needs urgent medical attention and the brain must get a continuous supply of oxygen in order to be able to function normally.
Stroke symptoms usually develop quickly, but it can sometimes take hours or even days for you to notice something is wrong. So, if you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important not to ignore them, even if some of them do not seem dangerous.
Below you'll find some signs you should not miss to prevent an upcoming stroke.
High blood pressure can lead to serious problems such as a stroke, by damaging nerves in the brain or weakening blood vessels, leading to leakage or rupture. Regardless, high blood pressure is the cause of a clot in the bloodstream and ultimately in the brain.
A stroke can cause double vision, loss of vision in one eye, or blurred vision. When asked about 1,300 people during the UK survey, they all mentioned blurred vision / vision problems as a strong indicator.
It's common to experience numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg on either side of the body. In some cases, there can be paralysis on the other side from where the stroke occurred in the brain.
In a study, it was found that vertigo or dizziness is also a common factor among patients who have had a stroke. The state of confusion may be caused by the affected brain
During a stroke, blood flow to the brain is blocked or cut off due to an interruption in the bloodstream. This can cause a vessel rupture or damage resulting in a sudden migraine or headache.
A rupture of a blood vessel in the brain can cause a stiff neck or shoulder. If you are not able to touch your chin to your chest (considering you are not obese or have any other condition), see a doctor immediately.
According to a report from the NCBI, these are the people most at risk of having a stroke:
* People with high blood pressure - blood pressure is considered high if it is 140/90 mm Hg or higher.
Age and gender - Older men are more likely to have a stroke than young men or women.
smoking can affect the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain and can cause a lot of damage to blood vessels, resulting in high PB.
Diabetes is caused by a deficiency of a hormone called insulin that regulates the level of sugar in the body. When there is insulin deficiency, sugar will not be able to reach the parts of the body that need energy - like the brain, for example.
Heart disease can cause blood clots, sometimes leading to an interruption of blood flow that can lead to a stroke.
Alcohol and drug abuse
* Fast food / unhealthy diet
* Anxiety and depression
Lack of physical activity
Any other neurological problem
If you are alone:
* Call 911
* Do not drive to the hospital on your own.
* Do not eat or drink anything.
* Don't be anxious - your chances of survival are up to 60% -70% if you are under the age of 60.
* If you are someone helping a sick person, keep him on his side and keep his head high.
Sometimes, he may vomit until you are ready to support the head.
* Speak in a calm manner and make sure they are not anxious.
* Monitor the patient carefully and call 911 immediately.
I hope you don't need any of this, but if it happens you have to know this informations.