6 Useful Tips To Prevent Stroke
STROKE also known as Cerebro Vascular Accident (CVA) is a serious medical condition. It occurs when blood supply to part /parts of the Brain is seriously reduced or blocked. When this happens Brain tissues fails to receive nutrients, most importantly do-not receive sufficient quantity of oxygen, and as a result they start to die.
Symptoms of STROKE may vary, depending on the severity of obstruction to blood supply.
The most common symptoms of a Stroke are:
1. Sudden change in vision
2. Feeling of unusual weakness
3. Sudden loss of sensation or loss of movement in certain parts of the body eg. legs, arm or the face area.
4. Sudden weakness of only one side of the body.
5. Difficulty in walking or maintaining balance.
Even though there are many more symptoms, the above mentioned are the most common symptoms of Stroke.
Here are 6 Most useful Tips to Prevent Stroke:
1: Monitor your Blood Pressure regularly
If you are hypertensive, and on treatment, you must monitor your blood pressure (BP) constantly and keep it under control. This is one of the most important factor to prevent stroke. High BP forces your heart to work harder. Try to control your BP and maintain it 120 by 80 mm of Hg. The upper and lower limit of blood pressure is different for different age groups, please consult your family doctor, from time to time.
2: Are you a Diabetic ? Control your blood sugar:
Diabetes is a silent killer. If you are a Diabetic, it is very important to keep your blood sugar level within acceptable range. Diabetes is a medical condition, if not controlled, can prove disastrous for the arteries, specially those located in the brain.
3: Quit Smoking NOW:
If you are a smoker , STOP now. Every cigarette you smoke contains 10 mg to 20 mg. of Nicotine. Nicotine causes blood vessels to become narrow. This in turn reduces blood supply and increases blood pressure. This makes the smoker more likely to suffer from Stroke. Want to prevent stroke ? quite smoking.
4: Watch your Cholesterol levels:
High blood cholesterol is notorious for narrowing blood vessels with plaques, which hinder blood flow to the brain. Its important to check cholesterol levels regularly and keep it under control.
5: Watch your Alcohol consumption:
Regular intake of excessive Alcohol can increase the chances of stroke. Men should not regularly exceed 3-4 units per day, which is equal to a pint and half of beer based on 4% ABV or a large (250ml) glass of Wine at 13% AVB.
Women should not regularly exceed 2-3 units per day. (Source)
6: Maintain your Weight:
You have to maintain your weight, ideal for your height. Overweight and obese persons are at risk of Diabetes, Cardiac (heart) ailments and Blood pressure. All these combined will further increase the risk of stroke.
These are the 6 most useful Tips to prevent stroke. Live a healthy life.