In today’s fast moving world, when people are busy balancing their time between work and personal life, health gets ignored completely. This ignorance leads to serious dangers and a lot more frightening health issues. One of the scariest of all health conditions is ‘Stroke’.

29th October is marked as World Stroke Day across the globe. This day is celebrated every year to create awareness regarding this fatal disease which can be handled well if its treatment is done in time.

This World Stroke Day, brush through these facts and signs to create awareness regarding stroke. Take a minute to read through these questions related to stroke answered, and you may just help save someone’s life.

What is a ‘Stroke’?

A stroke or brain attack occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or when blood vessel bursts.When either of these things happen; brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.

Who is most at risk?

Anyone can be prone to a stroke. Although most of the risk factors are out of our control, but there are certain factors which can be kept in control through proper nutrition and medical care. Certain risk factors include people with:

  • High blood pressure
  • Age over 55
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Habit of smoking
  • Habit of alcohol consumption
  •  Obesity

What are the signs of stroke?

The fact is, one out of every six person worldwide is prone to develop a stroke. So, it is important to be aware of the warning signs associated with it like, face dropping, weakness in arms, and difficulty in speech, followed by sweating, weakness and anxiety. Once these signs are noticed, calling for medical help should not be delayed.Some signs also include numbness or paralysis of the arm, face or leg and sudden loss of vision.

What are the types of stroke?

Well, there are two types of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic. In case of ischemic stroke, a blood clot blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. Whereas in case of hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain breaks or ruptures.

Now you must be wondering how one can prevent the occurrence of this disease. Here’s how you can prevent it.Always know your blood pressure and cholesterol level: High blood pressure and cholesterol are the major causes of stroke if left untreated. Do a regular checkup of these every year to prevent stroke.

Recognize Irregular heartbeats:

An irregular heart rhythm increases the risk of stroke. Any fibrillation in the heart can cause blood to pool in the heart, which may form a clot and cause a stroke. Get tested by your doctor regularly.

Limit the consumption of alcohol:

Reduce or stop the alcohol use as it is one of the major causes of stroke worldwide.

Keep a control on diabetes:

A lot of health problems are developed due to diabetes. Hence,ensure you always keep a check on the level of diabetes with the help of your doctor and dietician.

Manage your diet:

Circulatory system is often strained by excess weight. Maintain a healthy diet with low fats and calories. Eat fruits and vegetables good for health.Strokes can happen in any age. Always remember that identifying and responding to any signs of stroke can lead to quick treatment and also help save a life!

Hence, these factors are sure to help you fight the signs and symptoms that cause stroke.Take note of these and prevent its occurrence. This World Stroke Day, take a pledge to save the life of those who matter to you!


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