Small Changes Make a Difference in Reducing Stroke Risk

It is estimated that, in the world, one in six people suffers from a Stroke. Every hour that passes, three people are also confronted with this medical emergency. Despite being one of the greatest public health problems today, as well as one of the great challenges of Medicine, stroke can in most cases be prevented and treated by calling All American Healthcare medical experts at home.

Brain cells need constant blood flow to provide them with oxygen and nutrients. Stroke occurs as a result of abrupt disruption of blood supply to the brain caused by blockage of an artery or rupture of the blood vessel. In the first case we speak of an ischemic stroke and the second of a hemorrhagic stroke.

The type of stroke, the area of ​​the affected brain, and the patient’s state of health before the stroke episode determine their consequences. But there is a factor that can influence the extent of the lesions provoked in the patient (that condition either the vital prognosis, the functional consequences, from cognitive alterations, to difficulties of movement and communication or even to behavioral problems) and that corresponds to the time interval between the manifestation of symptoms and medical intervention. Actually, the prognosis (in the short and medium term) of the acute accident is very dependent on the precocity of the medical intervention. This aspect is particularly significant in ischemic stroke, where the use of re-canalization techniques and their efficacy are critically dependent on intervention timing.

For this reason, it is important to be able to identify the most characteristic warning signs of a Stroke. They are: numbness or falling on one side of the face; loss of strength on one side of the body, which can be felt in one arm or one leg (or both); speech difficulties; change in vision; and severe headaches.

At minimum detection of any of these signals, which may occur singly or together, it is imperative to call the emergency line.

On the occasion of National Stroke Day, it is essential not only to alert the people to the warning signs, but also to make them aware of the need to adopt a preventive attitude, since there are risk behaviors that favor the occurrence this medical emergency. It is recalled that cerebrovascular disease is the neurological disease most susceptible to prevention.

Taking a stance that guarantees the reduction of the risk of Stroke or other cardiovascular problems passes through the adoption of a healthy and active lifestyle.

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