A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is prevented by blood clots or narrowed blood vessels or when there is bleeding in the brain. Without the essential nutrients and oxygen required the brain cells start dying. As a result of stroke, the vision, speech and movement in the body will be affected. Taking the person immediately to the hospital can prevent further brain damage. There are two Types of Strokes, Ischemic stroke and Hemorrhagic stroke. Blood clots or blocks in the artery can cause ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke can occur when blood vessels rupture.
Anyone can have a stroke but 80% of the strokes are preventable. The chances of getting a stroke is more if a person is above 55 years of age and also males are more likely to get stroke than women. Other uncontrollable factors are being an African American and having a family history of stroke. There are factors that are controllable, and with proper care you can prevent stroke. Knowing these facts can help you to take necessary steps to avoid a stroke.
High Blood Pressure is a risk factor for stroke, but it does not produce symptoms that are detectable. However good you feel, it is important that a routine visit is made to the clinic and the blood pressure checked. If the blood pressure is high, getting medication to bring the pressure to a normal level is advisable.
Diabetes is another disease that can lead to stroke. Here too the symptoms cannot be noticed until this condition is in its advanced stages. Number of people get to know that they have a diabetic condition only after few years. As such it is important that a regular check is done, especially if you have a history of diabetes in the family.
Cholesterol, knowing and understanding about this condition and its effects will reduce the risk of stroke. Having Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol is commonly known to increase the risk of not only stroke, heart disease as well.
Smoking has been identified as a risk factor for stroke. In addition, if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or cholesterol you increase your risk.
Exercise will help you to stay healthy and lead a normal life. Excess weight increases the risk of stroke. As such being careful and cautious about your diet will minimize the risk of stroke, and especially, if physical activity also can be part of the daily routine the risk of stroke is minimal.
Eating Healthy is the best way to lead a healthy life. Eating healthy and in moderation will prevent high cholesterol and blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
All of the above conditions are preventable, and stroke can be prevented if more emphasis is given to one’s life style. Stroke can be avoided, and you can make a difference by choosing to live right.