Prevention is better than cure. It is a wisdom transmitted by generations, but with a little wisdom we can bring our health to safety.
Researchers in health fields have found that eating saturated foods such as fast food, foods fried in hydrogenated fats, and also smoking, all lead to high blood pressure, increased cholesterol in the blood, obesity and heart attacks, as well as stroke, but how does the stroke occur?
Heart problems may lead to strokes, in addition to high blood cholesterol, and high blood pressure and diseases that cause blood clots may increase the risk of stroke.
Cholesterol can accumulate, and its accumulation leads to blockage of the carotid and vertebral arteries with fatty deposits, which leads to reduced blood flow to the brain, and then stroke.
When a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain or neck, it is called a thrombus. Where heart problems can cause blood clots to form in the heart, and these clots may leave their place and travel to the brain, thereby blocking the blood vessels in the brain, causing stroke.
When a person has chronic arterial hypertension, the blood vessels in his brain may be damaged, because arterial hypertension leads to narrowing of the blood vessels, which can lead to stroke. When the arteries narrow, this condition is called “narrowing.”
Arterial pressure may lead to a weakening of the blood vessels; this is what causes bloodshed inside the brain. Bad habits, such as smoking, may increase your risk of vascular problems and stroke.
And a person can reduce the risk of stroke by changing some of his living habits that lead to damage to blood vessels in his body.
If you or anyone else has a stroke, pay special attention to the time when the symptoms started. Some treatment options are most effective when presented shortly after stroke starts.
Stroke signs and symptoms include:
Trouble talking and understanding what others are saying. You may get upset, talk blurred or have trouble understanding speech.
Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg may occur. You may have sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg. It often occurs on one side of the body. Try to lift both arms over your head at the same time. If one of your arms starts to fall, you may have a stroke. One side of the mouth may also descend when trying to smile.
Vision problems in one or both eyes. You may suddenly feel blurred vision or black vision in one or both eyes, or you may feel double vision.
Headache. A sudden and severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or a change in consciousness, may indicate that you have a stroke.
Difficulty walking. You may get stuck or lose your balance. You may also experience sudden ataxia or dizziness.
When do you visit the doctor?
Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if it appears to come, go, or disappear completely. Think “FAST” and do the following:
The face. Ask the person to smile. Is one side of the face hanging?
Have the person raise both arms. Is one arm sloping downward? Or is it unable to raise one arm?
Speech (pronunciation). Ask the person to repeat a simple statement. Is his way of speaking confused or strange?
If you notice any of these indicators, call 911 or emergency medical help right away.