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What You Need To Know About Strokes

What You Need To Know About Strokes

WHAT EXACTLY IS A STROKE?

It is a neurological disease that occurs when an artery in the brain or going to brain gets clogged or breaks, this causes blood flow to an area of brain to be cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die.

When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost, and the person may experience weakness, speech difficulties, walking difficulties, visual changes and dizziness. There are two main types ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic is caused when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot and hemorrhage occurs when the blood vessel leaks or breaks and you get bleeding in the brain.

ARE STROKES PREVENTABLE?

Yes, most strokes are preventable, in fact up to 80% are likely preventable. Eating habits, physical activity, smoking and drinking are examples of lifestyle stroke risk factors. Avoid foods high in cholesterol, fat and sodium. Stop smoking and keep alcohol intake to moderate. These lifestyle changes will decrease your chances of stroke.

In addition, managing your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol will also decrease your risks of stroke.

Having atrial fibrillation greatly increases your risk factor for stroke. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which you have an irregular heartbeat. Controlling the rate and taking a blood thinner can help to lower your risk of stroke. Your doctor can diagnose and treat this condition

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July 9th, 2017

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