Stroke is a major cause of serious disability in the United States. Every year, nearly 800,000 people have a stroke, 700,000 of them for the first time and in 150,000 cases, it recurs. But there are ways to prevent it if you are careful about certain things in your daily life.
Here at ViralScratch, we’ve enlisted some of the signs you shouldn’t miss to prevent an upcoming stroke.
Having a stroke is like a heart attack, but in this case it attacks your brain. In fact, a stroke occurs when some parts of the brain are cut off, rendering our bodies unable to function normally. The affected part of the brain needs urgent medical attention because it is important for the brain to have a continuous supply of oxygen so that it can function normally.
Stroke symptoms usually develop quickly, but it can sometimes take hours or even days to notice that something is wrong. Therefore, if you think you may be experiencing any of these symptoms it is important not to ignore them, even if some of them do not seem very dangerous.
1. High blood pressure
High blood pressure can lead to serious problems such as a stroke by damaging the nerves of the brain or weakening the blood vessels resulting in leakage or rupture. Aside from that, high blood pressure is the reason why a clot forms in the bloodstream and leads to the brain, causing a stroke in the process.
2. Vision problems
A stroke can cause double vision, loss of vision in one eye, or blurred vision. When about 1,300 people were asked during a survey in the UK, they all cited blurred vision/vision problems as a strong indicator.
3. Numbness on one side of the body — face, hands, or legs
It is common to feel numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg on either side of the body. In some cases, there can also be paralysis of the other side of the location of the stroke in the brain
4. Dizziness or fatigue without a reason
One study showed that vertigo and dizziness are also common factors among patients who have had a stroke. The state of confusion could be a result of the affected side of the brain.
5. A sudden migraine or a severe headache
During a stroke, the flow of blood to the brain is blocked or interrupted by an interruption in the bloodstream. This can cause blood vessels to rupture or damage resulting in a sudden migraine or headache
6. Stiffness in the neck or shoulder pain
A ruptured blood vessel in the brain can lead to a stiff neck or shoulder. If you are unable to touch your chest with your chin (since you are not obese or have any other condition), go and see a doctor immediately.
Who is at risk here?
According to a report by NCBI, these are the people who are more likely to have a stroke:
- Heart Disease
- People with high blood pressure
Other risk factors:
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Junk food/unhealthy diet
- Lack of physical activity
- Any other neurological problem