I am that Mother who has been known to yell, “If you don’t stop bugging your brother you are going to cause me to have a stroke!” But what do we really know about stokes and do you know that up to 80% of strokes are preventable?
Most of us associate a stroke with an older person. In reality a stoke can happen at any age, even before birth. Some strokes happen as a result of illness, and or brain damage. Strokes are usually preventable as they are a result of a blood clot blocking an artery, and fast medical help can reduced the negative outcome of the stroke if caught in time. Below are a few fast facts which include the causes, signs and symptoms of strokes.
Prevention is a key. Some health factors that contribute to greater risk of strokes are:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Atrial fibrillation
If you know you have any of these health issues, it is critical to work with your medical professional to help keep these issues under control and keep a eye out for any health changes. Some lifestyle practices add to the higher rate of stroke. They are:
- Tobacco use
- Over indulging in alcoholic beverages.
The National Stroke Association has developed a check list to help spot a potential stroke issue within individuals known as FAST; the acronym has a double meaning. Each letter is a sign of stroke and it’s a reminder that the outcome will be better for the patient the faster they receive medical attention.
If you are alone and you have a sudden onset of any of the following issues, you could be having a stroke. Call for assistance, it’s better to ask for help and not need it than to wait until it is too late. Look for:
- Numbness or weakness in your face, an arm or leg – especially if only on one side of the body.
- Confusion, sudden trouble speaking or understanding what is being said or what you hear.
- Vision issues, trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Loss of balance or coordination, trouble walking strong dizzy feeling.
- severe sudden headache with no known cause.
If you or a loved one suffers a stroke, take heart. Physical rehabilitation to help a person relearn how to use a limb, speak or both is available. While rehabilitation maybe a long process, the help from specially trained therapists who work in the field of occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy offers help and hope for a happy prognoses.
For more information about strokes contact the National Stroke Association at www.stroke.org