Our brain is the organ that is controlling all body functions. It is constantly working and consequences of its stopping its normal work will be devastating. The health condition of the brain is also linked to the condition of other organs especially if something is not working as it should.
Stroke is dangerous health condition with very high percent of death rate in the affected patients. It is caused by damaged blood cells that transport the nutrients to the brain. The damaged blood cells are usually blood clots that can burst as a result of the stroke and cause internal bleeding in the brain or form intense pressure that can damage the brain tissues. Stroke can be classified as sudden loss of brain function that occurs as a result of interrupted or prevented blood flow to the brain. The stroke will almost always happen fast and without any visible signals but with clear symptoms that can help you react on time and prevent serious consequences. Ask for proper medical care in the first 3 hours after your organism suffered from stroke.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF STROKE
Our body is so complex and it has its unique ways of showing us there is something going on that is not good. Being able to read those signals usually can mean preventing serious damages and helping your body deal with the problems.
You can suffer from a stroke without any visible symptoms, and there are also cases where some symptoms can appear and point that you are at risk of stroke. Among these symptoms are usually speech problems, vision problems as well as temporary inability to move your arms and legs. The symptoms may subside in a few minutes and if you are suspicious about their nature go see a doctor. In minor strokes the symptoms will disappear very soon especially if the patient is properly treated. Harder cases of stroke have more serious consequences.
Among the most common symptoms that can help you identify stroke are following:
- Sudden feeling of numbness especially on one side of the body.
- Problems with speaking and understanding when others speak
- Vision problems in one or both eyes
- Intense headache
- Dizziness, vertigo and coordination problems
Even if you have smallest doubts that you or someone has suffered a stroke, seek for medical care because a minor stroke is usually followed with more intense one that can cause serious damages.
EASY WAYS TO NOTICE SYMPTOMS AND DEAL WITH STROKE
If you are not sure whether someone is having stroke what you need to do is check 3 body parts that will show you the answer.
It is normally symmetrical, but a person that suffered a stroke can have slight changes on the facial muscles. If it looks like it is hanging lose on one side and the person can’t smile even if trying hard, then it is time to call an ambulance.
Ask the patient to lift the arms in the air. If you notice that one arm is weaker than and can’t last long in the air then you may suspect you are dealing with stroke.
Ask the person to repeat simple sentence and pay attention to the way the words are pronounced. If the person is mumbling, saying funny things you don’t understand or repeats words and phrases then the person might suffered a stroke.
Call an ambulance as fast as possible because when you are dealing with stroke the more time you waste the bigger are the possibilities for the brain to suffer from damages. Don’t give the patient medication especially not aspirin. Tell the doctor all that you noticed about the signs and symptoms, as well as everything you went through with the patient between the stroke and the arrival of the ambulance. After the check up the patient needs to follow all given advice in order to recover fast and without consequences.
CAUSES OF STROKE
Changes in the blood vessels are one of the most common causes of stroke. As we age our blood vessels become harder and lose the elasticity while at the same time fats and similar particles start forming on the inner side of arterial walls. This plaque can eventually burst and go into the blood stream causing clots. The clots may reduce the normal amount of blood that goes to brain or even cause pressure that causes brain damage.
People that suffer from increased blood pressure, high blood cholesterol. Heart disease as arrhythmia or arteriosclerosis are also at higher risk of stroke, same as smokers or people that drink too much alcohol. People that are overweight are also at increased risk of stroke but also are diabetics.
Preventing stroke is all about keeping your organism healthy and in good shape. Control your blood pressure, the sugar in the blood, blood lipids and your heart.
Make sure your nutrition is rich in omega 3 fatty acids that are vital for your brain. Enrich your nutrition with fatty fish, olive oil, nuts and seeds.
Antioxidants are also what your body needs and you will find them in leafy greens and also green tea. Also keep garlic, tomatoes, berries and cereal on your menu since they are all rich in nutrients beneficial for healthy brain.
Make sure you engage in regular physical activity and try to reduce the amount of stress that you are submitted to because it all affects the health of your brain.