Stroke is caused when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. When the blood supply is interrupted, the brain cannot receive the oxygen it needs. Brain cells in the immediate area die and the brain can be permanently damaged.

Brain cells will perish within the hour of blood interruption. But the cells surrounding the damaged area, which receives partial supply, can survive for a few more hours. If medical treatment given, it can survive.

Blood may stop moving through an artery because the artery is blocked or it breaks or bursts.

The way in which people are affected by stroke depends on where in the brain the stroke occurs, and on the size of the stroke. There are risk factors that might increase the chance of having a stroke:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. High cholesterol
  3. Smoking
  4. Diabetes
  5. Poor diet and lack of exercise
  6. Obesity
  7. Alcohol
  8. Age
  9. Gender
  10. Family history

Although the symptoms of a stroke may occur suddenly, the underlying conditions of a stroke are usually present for years before a stroke occurs. Stroke is mainly preventable and there are a number of risk factors which can be controlled by taking the right steps to lower the chance of having the stroke.

By recognising the warning signs and taking action, you may be able to prevent a stroke or reduce its severity. It is important to be able to recognise the warning signs in order to get medical help as quickly as possible.

The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking three simple questions. If the person has a problem with any of these functions, ring for an ambulance immediately.

FAST stands for:

  1. Facial weakness – can the person smile; have their mouth or eyes drooped?
  2. Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?
  3. Speech difficulty – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
  4. Time to act – act FAST and call ambulance immediately.

As we know from previous posts inflammation is the root cause of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and host of other degenerative diseases and oxidative stress is what causes the inflammation in the first place. The use of healthy lifestyles that includes a healthy diet, modest exercise, and cellular nutrition can eliminate or significantly decrease all the causes of the harmful inflammation within the body.

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