One of the biggest problems in treating stroke is that most people do not know what the symptoms are.
If you or a loved one has even one of the following symptoms, call an ambulance right away. Tell the dispatcher that you think a stroke has occurred.
Symptoms of a Stroke
- Weakness or paralysis: Loss of strength of one arm or leg or one side of the body.
- Numbness: Loss of feeling or "pins and needles" on one side of the body.
- Lack of comprehension: Trouble understanding what someone is saying.
- Vision problems: Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes or sudden double vision.
- Problems with balance and coordination: Sudden change in balance and difficulty with coordination.
- Headache: Sudden, explosive, severe headache.
Note: Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke.
Getting more fiber is linked to less severe strokes, according to the findings of a Boston study of 50 men and women. Intakes of both total fiber and insoluble fiber were inversely linked to stroke severity. The average fiber intake in the study wasn't even high, only 10 grams a day, which is less than half the Daily Value of 25 grams a day. If you don't think you are getting enough fiber in your diet, consider trying Vitafusion Fiber Gummies. Each gummie contains 5 grams of fiber and is sugar free. These contain more fiber than other leading brands.
A stroke can happen when:
- A blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. This is called an ischemic stroke.
- A blood vessel breaks open, causing blood to leak into the brain. This is a hemmorhagic stroke.
If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.
High blood pressure is the number one reason that you might have a stroke. The risk of stroke is also increased by age, family history of stroke, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease.
Certain medications increase the chances of clot formation, and therefore your chances for a stroke. Birth control pills can cause blood clots, especially in woman who smoke and who are older than 35.
Men have more strokes than women. But, women have a risk of stroke during pregnancy and the weeks immediately after pregnancy.
Cocaine use, alcohol abuse, head injury, and bleeding disorders increase the risk of bleeding into the brain.
Sources: MediResource, Inc. and American Heart Association
Excess Weight Found to Increase Stroke Risk
Until now, overweight and obesity have been considered indirect risk factors for stroke, meaning that they raise the risk for heart disease, which in turn raises the risk for stroke. New research indicates that excess weight in itself increases the chance of having a stroke.
People can lower their risk of stroke by losing the weight. Eating fish for omega-3 fatty acids appears to help, too. A Harvard study found that those who eat fish as infrequently as once a month lowered their risk of stroke by 40-percent. If mercury concerns you, there are some species of fish that are relatively high in omega-3 fatty acids but contain low levels of mercury: anchovies, bluefish, herring (including pickled), salmon and sardines.
Could You Have Suffered a Stroke - and Not Know It?
There are some warning signs of a possible stroke that aren't very obvious and are often ignored or over-looked. These symptoms could include:
- One side of your face droops or feels somewhat numb.
- Your smile become "crooked".
- One arm feels weak or numb. Try this: Raise both of your arms - does one seem to drift downwards more than the other? Has your coordination declined?
- Do you have difficulty pronouncing words correctly sometimes?
All of the above could be a sign of a mini-stroke, leaving you vulnerable to another in the near future.
Did You Know?
Researchers say that people 60 and older can reduce their heart attack and stroke risks just by doing chores, such as cleaning, gardening and home improvement. The benefit holds even for people who already exercise regularly. Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine
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