- Stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off
- Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die
- Every year World Stroke Day is observed on 29th October
The World Stroke Organisation describes stroke as a condition that 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. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability globally," the official website mentions.
Every year World Stroke Day is observed on 29th October to educate people about the ailments and how it impacts human life. It is estimated that more than fifth of all strokes occur in developing countries. Those who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and hypertension are more likely to suffer from a stroke attack. Some of the symptoms commonly associated with stroke include - shortness of breath, sudden nausea, pain in chest, palpitations, severe headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness in face or limbs among others.
Preventing stroke: Diet matters
One of the primary ways to prevent stroke is by keeping your blood pressure in check. If you already suffer from blood pressure ensure that your salt consumption is as less as possible. Load up on foods rich in potassium and magnesium that will facilitate blood pressure maintenance. Diabetes management is a must, monitor your blood sugar levels and go easy on fried and fattening food items. Eat foods low in glycemic index. Mind your cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy diet to keep ailments like diabetes, blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol at bay.