Stroke : Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

What is STROKE?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by “clot” or burst open causing bleeding in the brain.

A Blood clot is a clump of blood that has changed from liquid to gel-like or semi-solid state.

Stroke

Causes Of STROKE

1. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Also known as “Hypertension”. It is the biggest cause of stroke. High blood pressure can cause blood clots that block blood flow to the brain or cause blood vessels to burst causing stroke.

2. SMOKING

Nicotine found in cigarettes raises blood pressure.
Cigarette smoking thickens the blood and increases the chances of blood clot formation. Even second-hand smoking.

3. DIABETES

It damages blood vessels and increases the chances of stroke.
Most diabetics are also hypertensive.

4. FAMILY

Stroke can run in the family. If you have any one that has suffered from stroke in your family, it is better you stay away from causes of stroke.

5. AGE

Anyone can have stroke, even babies in the womb. The chances go up as you age then doubles at age 55.

6. GENDER

Men are more likely to have stroke compared to women. So men should always observe and watch their blood pressure and sugar level.

7. OVERWEIGHT

Being overweight doesn’t mean you’re living the life. Obesity increases the risk of hypertension, diabetes and therefore stroke. Watch your STOMACH!

8. DIET

Foods that are high on cholesterol, salt are not good for you.

How Do I Spot STROKE?


Remember the acronym ‘BE FAST’ when you think you might be seeing signs that are relating to stroke.

B- Balance
Loses balance and falls
E- Eyes
No longer sees well in one or both eyes

F- Face
Face dropping to one side
A- Arms
Can’t lift one arm
S- Speech
Can’t make audible speech
T- Time
Rush to the hospital

Prevention of STROKE?


About 80% of stroke cases are actually PREVENTABLE

1. Life Style Changes

Stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and exercising regularly will reduce risk of stroke

2. Eat Well

Cut down on some processed meal full of cholesterol and too much salt.

NOTE: That men are more likely to suffer from stroke doesn’t mean women are free. In fact women who suffer stroke are more likely to die from it than men.


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