National Stroke Awareness Month

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The physiological disorder, stroke has become such a common disorder these days that people irrespective of ages, genders, regions and occupations get affected with it. Thus, the National Stroke Awareness Month is celebrated to spread the awareness among every individual across the globe to curb the menace completely. The month, May is celebrated as the National Stroke Awareness Month. Statistics reveal that one single person dies due to stroke in 4 minutes. It is now one of the leading life–threatening disorders faced by individuals of various parts of the world. Here are some of the necessary pieces of information on stroke. Grab the details!

1. Define Stroke

Stroke is a brain attack. It occurs due to the blockage in any part of the human body. The blockage prevents the normal flow of blood from various parts of the body to the brain. Also, the presence of clot in the blood vessels leads to the attack in the brain. This gives rise to stroke. This may happen in individuals irrespective of genders and ages.

2. Important Causes of Stroke

This common phenomenon occurs due to certain important causes. These causes may eventually lead to death as well. Having an idea about the important causes of stroke makes people conscious and aware about the various reasons and also helps in preventing it to a huge extent. The important causes of stroke are given below:

Improper diet rich in cholesterol and fat – This exerts pressure on the functioning of the heart and creates hindrance to the blood circulation of the body as well. Cigarette smoking, stress, heredity, gender, age and family history are the important causes of stroke. Several chronic disorders like cardio vascular disorders, blockages, high blood pressure also lead to stroke.

3. Major Symptoms of Stroke

The National Stroke Awareness month makes people aware of the various symptoms and complications of this deadly attack, stroke. The major characteristic symptoms of Stroke are given below:

  • Headache
  • Losing balance, control and coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in speaking, vision, walking
  • Confusion
  • Trouble in comprehending, understanding
  • Tingling and numbness in various parts of the body like leg, arms, face, etc.
  • Weakness

4. Important Complications of Stroke

One of the major complications related to stroke is death of the individual. However, there are other related complications as well. These are paralysis, difficulty to analyze, problem with judgment, awareness, severe pain, loss of memory, difficulty in controlling emotions, depression, weakness, anxiety and difficulty in expression.

5. Reduce the Occurrence of Stroke

Now that we have knowledge on the symptoms, causes and complications, it is time to know about another important issue. And that is, how to reduce the occurrence of stroke. This point is addressed in this month to make people know about this life-threatening complication. The various ways to reduce the occurrence of stroke are as follows:

  1. Control the blood pressure of the individuals
  2. Manage the cholesterol and fat level of the individuals
  3. Quit smoking and intake of alcohol as well
  4. Carry out exercise regularly
  5. Consume a perfect balanced diet
  6. Maintain the BMI, Body Mass Index
  7. Prevent the occurrence of chronic disorders

Each and every patient must know the concept of F.A.S.T. where, F stands for face, A for arms, S for speech and T for time to contact 9-1-1. Always remember that every minute is important. The lesser time you take to respond to the stroke, the lesser complicated the situation will become. Just know about all the facts about stroke and lead a healthy life.

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