Stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or becomes clogged. The affected part of the brain does not get the necessary blood and within a few minutes it begins to die.
If you have a stroke, you may die, remain paralyzed, or have difficulty speaking or understanding speech. And your eyesight can be damaged. You may also lose emotional control or fall into it depression . Each stroke causes unique effects.
If you notice warning signs of a stroke, don’t wait. Call the emergency number or anyone to take you to the nearest hospital immediately. Every second counts!
What can I do to prevent a stroke?
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third most common cause of death in the United States. It is a fatal disease and therefore it is very important to reduce this risk to a minimum.
Aging, male, then African-American, Hispanic or Asian, diabetes , a history of stroke or a family history of stroke increase the risk of stroke. These are factors you can’t influence.
But you can influence the following factors: high blood pressure, heart disease, minor strokes (transient ischemic attacks, TIA), smoking, and high red blood cell counts. High blood pressure is particularly pronounced among African-Americans. In black people, high blood pressure occurs earlier than in whites and usually takes a more severe form. Blacks also have an almost double rate of fatal stroke.
Regardless of your race, it’s important to check your blood pressure – and treat it if it’s high.
What is high blood pressure?
When your blood pressure is checked, your doctor measures two values. The first number (systolic pressure) indicates the pressure in your arteries while heart House. The second number (diastolic pressure) indicates the pressure while the heart is resting between beats.
Normal blood pressure is in a certain range; it is not specified by numbers. However, it should be less than 140/90 in adults. If your blood pressure rises above this limit and stays at that value, then you have high blood pressure.
“If I had at least gone to the doctor to check my blood pressure, he would have prescribed me a drug to regulate high blood pressure … Maybe then I wouldn’t have had a stroke.”
What causes high blood pressure?
In 90 to 95 percent of cases, the cause is unknown. In fact, you can have it for years without even knowing it. That is why it is an insidious cause – it simply arises quietly, without warning. In the remaining cases, there is some other underlying problem, such as a kidney disorder, an adrenal tumor, or a congenital heart defect.
Why is high blood pressure harmful?
It’s dangerous because – by the time you find out you have it, your body’s organs may already be damaged. Compared to people who regulate their high blood pressure, you are seven times more likely to have a stroke; the probability of congestive heart disease is six times higher; and the probability of coronary heart disease (which leads to a heart attack) is three times higher.
“Basically, high blood pressure is harmful because it puts extra strain on your heart and damages your arteries. And that’s by no means healthy.”
Tips on how to live with it?
There is only one sure way to find out if you have high blood pressure: go check it out! If you have normal blood pressure, you should check it at least every two years. If your blood pressure is close to the upper limit of normal or you have high blood pressure in your family history, then you are at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Your doctor will tell you how often you need to measure it.
Measuring blood pressure is quick and painless.
You can do this in a doctor’s office, hospital clinic, school, nurse’s room, in the clinic of your company or in public on the occasion of health actions if the appropriate equipment is available. You can also contact the Red Cross or a hospital.
What else can I do to reduce the risk of stroke?
- If you smoke, quit now!
- Smoking significantly increases the risk of stroke.
- Recognize and treat diabetes.
- If you have diabetes, never stop taking your medication without first talking to your doctor.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol.
- More than one drink a day can raise blood pressure.
- Engage in physical activity.
Physical activity helps reduce the risk of heart disease which is a risk factor for stroke .
Try to do moderate to heavy activities for 30 minutes at least 3-4 times a week.
Eat foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.
You go for regular medical checkups.
Instead of a conclusion
Reduce the risk of disability or death from stroke: CHECK YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE TODAY!
“High blood pressure and this stroke didn’t just sneak up on me like that. It found my whole family unprepared. Now they’re taking care of me.”
If your doctor tells you that you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it is important to know the following:
- You can’t ignore high blood pressure; he will not disappear.
- He can be treated.
- Treating high blood pressure can prevent heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.