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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Know more about the risk of stroke

/ On : 12:29 PM
Health-Net: Many people know 'stroke', but perhaps only a few understand it in depth, particularly symptoms and risk factors of stroke. In fact, 80 percent of strokes were preventable.

Stroke or known in the medical designation Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) occurs when blood vessels in the brain suddenly blocked or rupture. When this occurs, the blood fails to flow to the brain area which is a supplier of oxygen and nutrients to the body.

As a result, brain and nerve cells will die and capabilities that are controlled by the brain areas become lost. Stroke patients can become paralyzed, unable to speak, and fell into a coma depending on where the stroke occurred and how many brain regions are damaged.

Stroke can happen to anyone, anytime. Typically, the symptoms of stroke appear suddenly, in seconds or minutes. Approximately two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke occurs, and this will increase the risk of permanent damage, disability or death, said Dr. Keith Goh, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Neuro Associates International, Novena Medical Centre, Singapore.

Stroke is a major cause of disability in adults in the world today and one of the leading causes of death, after cancer and heart disease. Impact of defects occurred in 75 percent of stroke patients, which can degrade the performance of the patient.

The effects of a stroke gives a relatively heavy burden for the family or caregiver of patient, particularly in terms of treatment, because patients need help in all daily activities, like walking, eating, going to the toilet, and talk.

The good news is 80 percent of strokes are preventable! Recognize the symptoms and act quickly in getting medical assistance can help save lives and reduce the occurrence of defects, he added.

Here are some risk factors of stroke that you need to know. Stroke is generally more prevalent in:
  • Man
  • Aged over 50 years
  • Having a fat and overweight
  • Having high blood pressure and / or diabetes
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol, and often stressful
  • Lack of exercise
  • Having high levels of salt and fat
  • Eating a high salt
Those who have a history of heart disease risk of stroke are higher.

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