Stroke Awareness

Sudden weakness or numbness that occurs in the face, arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body.

Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.

Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or difficulty understanding. May have either slurred speech or confused speech.

Sudden problems with walking, severe dizziness; or loss of balance or coordination.

Sudden, severe headache, for no reason.

Risk Factors

There are various factors that affect a person’s risk for stroke. Of them, Diabetes, Blood Pressure and Obesity are common concerns.

Diabetes increases the risk of having a stroke, which can damage brain tissue. Many adults with diabetes also have other health problems that can lead to stroke. People with High Blood Pressure are more likely to have a stroke than those without And, being obese or overweight is an additional risk factor stroke.

A number of tests can be done to diagnose and determine a stroke and its causes. If you are concerned you or someone else is having a stroke you should call 911.

For the average observer, The “F-A-S-T” test. An easy way to identify stroke: Face, Smile, Arms, Time.

Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time to call 911: if you see any of these signs.

Strokes are usually diagnosed with physical tests and images of the brain from a scan. Once in the care of a physician. For example, a CT scan may be ordered to show types of strokes experienced. There are various types of strokes caused by different factors. It takes a trained physician to determine the best course of action for a patient.

Reducing Risk Factors

If you are looking to keep your self or someone else healthy, lifestyle changes to nutrition and exercise habits can help the prevention of stroke. Everyone should consult with a healthcare provider before embarking on lifestyle changes.

Minimizing the use of highly processed, preserved and frozen products can help. A healthy, balanced diet can help to lower your blood pressure and control diabetes. Both are risk factors for stroke. Foods that are high in fibre help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood and also help to reduce stroke risks. Choosing 4 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day and several servings of whole grains and avoiding foods high in saturated fats are great ways to improve a healthy diet.

Again, it is important to discuss changes in exercise habits with a doctor. Exercise helps weight loss and blood pressure, and is an independent stroke reducer.

Exercising at least 40 minutes per day with moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise 3 to 4 days a week may be a suggestion for individuals who’s doctors approve. In any case, doctor approved improvements to regular exercise habits, is a beneficial choice for your overall health.

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