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How to prevent Stroke before it causes major damage

Stroke is a deadly disease that leaves its victims paralyzed physically. This disease is deadly and devastating, imagine lying down for months or even years unable to function how you used to. Stroke occurs when there is sudden shortage of blood supply to a particular region of the brain. This interruption in blood flow cuts off the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells in the part of the brain, and within minutes these cells begin to die. This could lead to loss of speech, vision or movement in the arm or leg depending on the part of the brain that is affected.

Stroke can be caused by a blocked artery or when a blood vessel starts leaking or bursts. Sometimes stroke is caused by only a temporary severe shortage of blood flow to the brain.

The good news is that like all diseases, if detected on time, Stroke can be controlled, prevented or treated effectively before it can cause major damage.

If you notice these symptoms:

  • Headache: If your headache is sudden and severe and accompanied by dizziness, vomiting or altered consciousness
  • Troubled vision: If you suddenly have blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes or you see double
  • Troubled speech: If you start getting confused or have difficulty understanding word or if you start slurring your words
  • Troubled movement: If you experience sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and you start stumbling
  • Paralysis: Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg especially on one side of your body. One side of your mouth may drop when you smile.

Go to a hospital ASAP because you might be having a stroke.

And here’s how to play doctor if you suspect someone’s having a stroke.

  • Ask the person to smile and notice if one side of the face droops
  • Ask the person to repeat a simple speech, notice if his speech is strange or slurred
  • Ask the person to raise both raise both arms, notice is one arms shifts downwards or if an arm is unable to raise up.

Call a real doctor quickly if you’re done playing doctor and notice any of these symptoms

Some factors can increase your chances of having a stroke, and these include

  • Obesity
  • Binge or heavy drinking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Illicit drugs like cocaine
  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Age : 55 year olds and those older are more liable to a stroke
  • Family history of stroke
  • Gender : Men have higher risk of Stroke than women

The longer stroke goes untreated the greater potential for brain damage and disability, so don’t wait to see if the symptom goes away.

One important thing you should do is to request for an MRI (magnetic-resonance imaging) this is a type of scan that can detect a dangerous clogging in the neck that can trigger a stroke.

See also: What to do in the event of a heart attack

Prevention is better than Cure.

I am, @Lord__Nina

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