stroke

Every year, nearly 15 million people experience a stroke. Approximately five million are left with disablements, while another 6 million pass away. According to the World Heart Federation, universally, strokes are the second leading cause of death for people over the age of 60. It is the fifth leading cause of death for those who are 15 to 59.

WHAT IS A STROKE?

The medical term for a stroke is a Cerebrovascular Attack (CVA). This type of occurrence happens when blood flow is cut off from a certain area in the brain. When there is no blood flowing to the brain, oxygen and nutrients are not able to pass through as well. There are three different types of strokes:

Ischemic Stroke

An Ischemic stroke is a result of a blockade to a blood vessel that supplies blood flow to the brain

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a weakened blood vessel breaks. Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM) are two major blood vessels that if weakened, can lead to a stroke occurring. High blood pressure is the leader in causing Hemorrhagic strokes.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A STROKE?

There are many different warning signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Sudden trouble walking or dizziness
  • Sudden confusion or trouble comprehending and speaking
  • Sudden severe headache without any no known cause
  • Sudden loss of balance followed by possible nausea, hiccups, fever or trouble swallowing
  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms, legs, or more specifically, one side of the body

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A STROKE?

There are many different warning signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Sudden trouble walking or dizziness
  • Sudden confusion or trouble comprehending and speaking
  • Sudden severe headache without any no known cause
  • Sudden loss of balance followed by possible nausea, hiccups, fever or trouble swallowing
  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms, legs, or more specifically, one side of the body

STROKE PREVENTION

Stroke prevention is possible! There are many medical and lifestyle risk factors that increase the possibility for a stroke. With the right personal care and medical attention, avoidance is possible. Prevention begins with you. Doing things like limiting alcohol consumption to one drink a day for women and two drinks for men is a great way to start. Also, recognize the risk of using tobacco products and smoking cigarettes. Women who smoke and use oral contraceptives significantly increase the risk of stroke. It is also important to speak with your physician about how susceptible you are to having a stroke and what steps you can take that lead to healthier lifestyle.

 

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