If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs of a stroke, you need to get medical attention right away.
To remember the signs of a stroke, think F.A.S.T.
FACE – Someone experiencing a stroke my feel a paralysis or numbness in their face. Their face may droop on one side.
ARMS – Have the person raise both of their arms above their head. If one arm feels weak or numb, this is a concern.
SPEECH – Watch for If the person begins to slur their speech or become hard to understand like they are inebriated.
TIME – TO CALL 9-11. The quicker you get medical attention, the quicker you can be treated. Keep in mind that suffering from a stroke means that you are not getting enough blood flow to the brain.
Experiencing a stroke
While having a stroke, you may become dizzy, causing you to have difficulty walking. You may also develop a sudden headache or blurred vision. There may be an onset of confusion where you don’t understand what people around you are saying.
What causes a stroke?
The chances of having a stroke double ever decade after the age of 55, thus making age a good predictor. The death rate from having a stroke is about 38%. There is more than one reason why a person may suffer from a stroke. Many common medical ailments put you at a higher risk.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also know as Hypertension , is responsible for more than half of all strokes. It’s a good idea to get your blood pressure checked often. You can go to a doctor, but these days there are also many Do-It-Yourself, at-home blood pressure monitors.
When you have high blood pressure, your heart is working much harder than it should be. Due to the force that your heart is pumping blood through your arteries, your artery walls become damaged and weakened. High blood pressure increase your chances of developing arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is when your arteries become thick, hard, and sometimes clogged. Then, if a blood clot forms and is pushed into your brain – That is a stroke.
When you smoke cigarettes, you are more likely to have high blood pressure/hypertension. Smoking also thickens your blood which would increase your chance of developing a blood clot
Diabetes does damage to your blood vessels. Having diabetes also makes it more likely that you are overweight which also puts you at higher risk for a stroke.
When you are overweight, you’re heart has to work harder. Not only that but your body can build up fatty tissue which leads to inflammation throughout your body. This can create difficulty with blood flow and increase your risk of having a stroke.
Preventing a Stroke
The better you take care of your body, the more you reduce your chances of having a stroke. By regularly exercising and eating a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables, you are doing your body a lot of good.
Always speak with your doctor before making any sudden lifestyle changes.