What is stroke?
According to World Stroke Organisation (WSO), 'Stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die. Depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated, the effects of stroke on survivors can be devastating to a person's body, mobility and speech, as well as how they think and feel.' High blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, obesity, sedentary life style and atrial fibrillation are the main causes.
How to prevent stroke?
Stroke is preventable. Improvement in lifestyle practices and change in dietary practices can save one from stroke. Click here for detail.
What are the signs of stroke?
One should not ignore the various signs of stroke which includes numbness in face, arm or leg (which usually occurs on one side of the body), severe headache, dizziness and loss of balance. Even at times, the person may also have trouble in speaking and seeing, as well. So in case you notice any one close to you with these signs all of a sudden, be alert.
WSO recommends a FAST test to remember the signs of stroke. FAST means the test of Face, Arms, Speech and Time. If the mouth has drooped, if he/ she is unable to raise arms and is not able to speak or understand anything, rush for medical emergency. 'Stroke is always a medical emergency. Remembering the signs of stroke and acting FAST could mean saving a life,' says WSO.
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