Stroke Causes Symptoms and Prevention

Prevent Strokes
Prevent Strokes

Every year, in this country, over 2,000,000 people die of heart attack or stroke. Strokes are the main cause of all disabilities. These medical conditions can devastate and bankrupt a family. The average age of women having strokes is, 65 years of age; in men it can be much younger. A stroke occurs when blood is blocked from reaching the brain, causing the death of brain cells, brain death and or physical death.


There are different types of stoke, ischemic, intracerebral and subarachoid. An Intracerebral stroke occurs when a rupture in an artery in the brain, takes place. The pressure of this blood cause a build up of pressures in the brain, causing impairment or death.

An ischemic stroke, is caused by a block in an artery leading to the brain. A subarachid stroke,is caused by a rupture to an artery outside of the brain. Things that can cause stroke: High cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, birth control, diabetes and aging.

What are the Signs of a Stroke?

Some of the signs you might me having a stroke are sudden blurriness or blindness, loss of coordination, numbing of the face, arm an leg on one side of the body, a twisting of the face an slurring of speech, or sudden confusion.

Emergency Home Treatment for Stroke Victims

Early Warning Signs of a Stroke

The tongue is also an indication of a blood clot or stroke. If you can catch a stroke within three hours, it is almost always reversible. Check these three indicators can save someone's life:

Ask the person suspected of having a stroke to try to smile. (is the smile twisted?)

Ask the person suspected of having a stroke to talk. (you are looking for coherent speech)

Ask the person suspected of having a stroke to lift up their arms

If the person is unable to do any one of these, take them to the emergency room immediately.

It has been discovered that another sign of a stroke is the tongue. Ask the person to stick out their tongue. If the tongue is crocked or to one side of the mouth, this is a sign of a stroke.


How to Prevent a Stroke

Weight loss: Being overweight can negatively impact many areas of your health. Obesity can lead to high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to kidney disease, heart attack or stroke. So one of the greatest things you can do to improve your overall health, is to lose unnecessary pounds.

Manage High Blood Pressure: If you work to manage your high blood pressure effectively, by weight loss, exercising, proper diet, you will limit your chances of having a stroke.

Weight Loss: Weight loss, will address and prevent, a panacea of medical issues.

Exercise: Exercise it vital for losing weight, strengthening muscles and keeping the heart strong and healthy. Find an exercise that, you can be successful at. Walking is always a great start if you do not already exercise regularly. Weight training with light weights are also very beneficial to older people.

Stop smoking: We all are aware of the dangers of smoking and the benefits of becoming smoke free. Smoking is one the leading causes of cancer heart attack and stroke. One third of all deaths related to smoking is cardiovascular diseases. It reduces blood flow to the heart and reduces oxygen intake to the body. Smoking causes blood vessels to constrict and if your already have high cholesterol or blocked blood vessels, this is a recipe for disaster.

Maintain cholesterol levels: You can lower bad cholesterol by avoiding or limiting your daily intake of trans fats, maintaining a healthy weight and exercise. Raise good cholesterol by increasing healthy essential oils to your diet, such as olive oil, canola oil,avocado oil, omega 3-fish oil, etc.

Manage diabetes: If you are a diabetic, make sure that you take you medication religiously, maintain weight and exercise:

Doctor's do not encourage taking aspirin unless you are having an heart attack.Taking aspirin when having a stroke will cause a thinning of the blood and accelerated unwanted blood flow to the brain.

How to Prevent a Stroke with Diet


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Janet, I am not a healthcare professional. You would have to ask your physician.

Janet 6 years ago

To prick the patient's fingers after suffer stroke for more than 3 dyas or a week, would it help? Pls advise.

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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I was looking at the Doctors on TV and they were talking about the same thing!!! lol, lol, conformation!! GREAT HUB and very informational!!!

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Actually, these things run in my family, so I like to be aware. My dr. always asks me, Ms. Lipscomb, have you been on the internet again? I am always researching my or someone else's condition.

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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Sound like the nurse in you coming out, 2besure. Excellent hub hitting on all the key contributors and preventions. Peace.

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