Healthy Lifestyle Can Make A Difference
Last Edited: June 20th, 2012

In the US statistics says that every 40 seconds someone has a stroke and it is one of the leading cause of death in the country and also one of the reason why adult developed disabilities. Although stroke commonly happens without a warning, familiarizing risk factors and ability to identify symptoms can possibly save lives and prevent loss or disability if a stroke happens. Doctors and Professionals inspire clients to study their possible risk factors and start thinking having a healthy lifestyle choice that will reduce their chance of having a stroke.

A stroke happens once a blocked blood vessel or artery disturbs blood flow to part of the brain or when hemorrhage occurs in the brain, when blood flow is disturbed, the brain does not obtain oxygen which causes brain cells to die. Reliant on the harshness of a stroke and where in the brain it happened, speech, movement and memory may be loss.

Commonly known as brain attacks, strokes leave more than two thirds of patients with residual disability. While some stroke risk factors are difficult to change, others can be decrease or organized with preventive lifestyle choices.

Building healthy choices can affectedly lower an individual's risk of having a stroke, we know that lifestyle factors comprising being overweight, taking too much salt and fat, smoking and excessive alcohol drinking, and being sedentary can all surge an individual's risk of stroke. 

Medical circumstances, mainly hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes increase the probability that an individual will have a stroke. A stroke risk growth after age 55, yet a stroke is likely to happen at any age. African-Americans are at higher risk than Caucasians and men have a somewhat higher incidence than women. Family history is also a significant sign of an individual's risk of stroke.

While not all stroke risk is manageable, learning your own risk factors and taking steps to achieve those that are lifestyle-based can benefit avoid a stroke. An overall healthy lifestyle that highlights weight supervision through consistent workout and a food rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains while evading high sodium and high-fat foods is essential for overall health. If you have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, work with your doctor to make a plan to cope it through diet and workout, as well as with drugs to reduce chances of stroke risk. Monitoring blood pressure cannot be exaggerated as a way to lessen the possibility of a stroke. Not smoking and limiting your drinking will also improve your overall health and decrease your likelihood of having a stroke.

To remember the signs of stroke, the National Stroke Association recommends using the acronym FAST:
Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech – Ask the person to speak. Does the person have slurred speech or trouble speaking?
Time – If you observe any of the above signs, call 9-1-1.

SOURCE Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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