Stroke Signs and Symptoms

A stroke also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) which occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Strokes can happen at any age even in young children. Strokes are preventable, although strokes are the fourth leading causes of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability. When blood clots occur and blood vessels break brain cells being to die and that leads brain damage. When brain cells die abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. Some abilities that are often lost are speech, movement, and memory. Depending on where the stroke occurs is where the patient and brain are affected. The most common stroke is the ischemic stroke.

There are usually sign and symptoms of stokes. Sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis of the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body is usually a big sign. Also loss of speech or talking is difficult and understanding things become tough. A sudden change or loss of vision is also sign. Some other signs include unexplained confusion, disorientation, dizziness, unstable, and even a headache with no apparent cause. All these symptoms can also take place in a TIA or a mini stroke. The differences in the symptoms are they usually last five to ten minutes in mini stroke and then go away.

Strokes have many risk factors. The number one risk factor for a stroke is high blood pressure. High cholesterol is also associated with strokes and even heart disease. Heart and vascular health diseases also have an effect on strokes. Some common conditions are atrial fibrillation, value disorders, carotid artery disease, and diabetes. They need to be taken care of correctly to decease the chances of having a stroke. Some behaviors that will increase a stroke are poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and consuming more than two ounces of alcohol a day. Strokes can also be hereditary. If you have a family history of strokes and diseases affecting your vascular health you can be at risk. Researchers have also found that African Americas have a twice as many strokes then other groups.

Up to 80% of strokes are preventable. You can lower your risk of having a stroke if you get all the right medical care and attention. Some other things you can do to prevent a stroke are to check and report you blood pressure regularly and if your blood pressure continues to be high ask your doctor about blood pressure medication. Control your cholesterol and adopt a healthy diet. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and be a risk factor for a stroke. Your diet should include low in saturated fats and salt so fresh fruit and vegetables are the best choice. Exercising regularly and losing some extra weight is also very helpful. Walking three or four times a week for at least thirty minutes can reduce the risk of a stroke by thirty percent.  Being overweight can be a risk factor for a stroke. Eating healthy is important so eat with care, small portions, and increase your physical activity. Smoking and alcohol increase your chances to have a stroke. Smoking damages your blood vessels and drinking more than enough alcohol can double your risk to having a stroke. So to prevent from strokes try to stay stress free, eat correctly, and exercise daily.

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