The thought of yourself or a loved one having a stroke is terrifying. Many people refer to a stroke as a brain attack. Nerves in the brain are injured due to being deprived of blood and oxygen. The attack can be mild to severe or may result in death. One of the most terrifying results of a stroke is the inability of a person to be able to perform basic functions of daily living. The patient may not be able to talk or move and will have to relearn all the basic functions. The sooner stroke treatment is given the better chance a person has of survival and recovery. It is important to be aware of stroke symptoms and even more important, to take steps with your health to prevent a stroke from occurring.
If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, are diabetic and smoke, you could be considered in the higher risk category for a stroke. You need to pay close attention if you develop the most common stroke symptoms. Seek medical care right away. As we mentioned earlier, time is crucial in the stroke treatment.
• Sudden numbness, especially if it is only on one side of your body
• Sudden changes in your vision
• You have a problem with your balance or walking
• You begin to drool and slur your speech
• Simple words are difficult to say and understand
• Sudden or severe headache
In addition to recognizing the symptoms, it is important to be proactive in your life and do your best to prevent a stroke before it ever happens. If you are in the high risk category you need to reverse your lifestyle. You can help control your high blood pressure and cholesterol with diet and exercise. You might add supplements to your diet that encourage circulation, strengthen blood vessels and keep your bad cholesterol at lower levels. Keep your diabetes under control and definitely stop smoking. Utilizing herbs and supplements, traditional Chinese medicine has been successful in increasing the effects of stroke treatment as well as preventive care. Many people prefer to take natural products in addition to their prescriptions.
No one would voluntarily welcome a stroke. Do not we owe it to ourselves to be as healthy as possible for as long as we can? Making good lifestyle choices might actually prevent you from having to make choices in your stroke treatment by eliminating your highest risk factors.