Definition of Stroke:
A stroke (also known as Cerebrovascular Accident) is caused when there is a stop in the supply of blood to the brain. This is also due to the rupture of arteries which feed the brain.
During a stroke, there is a limited supply of blood to the brain causing brain cells to die and leading to brain damage. The person loses certain functional abilities like movement of limbs, speech or partial vision. In major cases, it can be fatal.
Types of strokes:
Ischemic stroke – blood clot obstructs the flow of blood in a blood vessel
Hemorrhagic stroke – is caused by leakage of blood into the brain due to bursting of weak blood vessels
Symptoms of stroke:
Symptoms include sudden numbness in body especially one entire side, abrupt spells of dizziness, inability to understand, speak or walk and sudden severe headaches.
Some major risk factors are male, over 55, of Asian/ Pacific Islander /Hispanic / African American origin, family history of stroke, diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, excessive use of tobacco and alcohol, physical inactivity.
A person who suffers from a stroke needs to be rushed to a hospital within 3 hours to be able to receive effective treatment. Depending on the magnitude, the person may be given clot-busting drugs, blood thinners and other medication in case of complications. In severe cases, the person will have to undergo surgery.
Strokes can be prevented by focusing on risk factors which can be controlled such as exercising, dieting, reducing consumption of but not limited to alcohol and tobacco, controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
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