See How Stroke Can affect your health
Stroke which is also called cerebrovascular accident or brain attack occurs when part of the brain loses its blood supply and stops working which causes the part of the body that the injured brain controls to stop working.
Types of strokes include:
1. Ischemic stroke this is where a part of the brain loses blood flow
2. Hemorrhagic stroke: This is when bleeding occurs within the brain
3. Transient ischemic attack: This is a warning sign that a stroke may occur in the near future.
Here are the major causes of stroke
The main causes of stroke are ischemia (loss of blood supply) or hemorrhage (bleeding) in the brain
Who is at risk of stroke?
1. People at risk for stroke include those with uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure
2. Those with unhealthy levels of cholesterol
3. Diabetic patients
4. Smokers of tobacco
5. Those with cases of Atrial fibrillation
Want to prevent stroke from occurring? Here are things to do
1. Maintain a blood pressure of less than 130/80mmHg by avoiding too much salt intake, avoid cholesterol foods, eat more fruits and exercise often
2. Treat diabetes at early stage, quit smoking and drink in moderation if you must take alcohol
Watch out for these warning signs of stroke
1. Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
If you notice any of these warning signs of stroke or “brain attack,” don’t wait, it may get worse. Earlier diagnoses can save your life.
At Afriglobal Medicare, we diagnose stroke using Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radio waves to create pictures of the organs and structures in your body. This test can detect changes in the brain tissue and damage to brain cells from a stroke.