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Preventing Stroke is Possible

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Preventing stroke can be quite possible in many individuals, however sometimes prevention may be more complicated.

As we have seen, there are two main types of stroke. A stroke can take place when blood flow to the brain becomes blocked, either by narrowed blood vessels or a blood clots: The second, less common type occurs when there is bleeding in the brain. Deprived of nutrients, brain nerve cells begin to die within a few minutes. As a result, stroke can cause vision and sensory loss, problems with walking and talking, or difficulty in thinking clearly. In many cases, the effects of stroke are irreversible.

“The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that moderate intensity physical activity done five or more times a week, has substantial health benefits to people of all ages. Some of the benefits associated with regular exercise include reducing risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as controlling weight and relieving pain associated with some forms of arthritis”

Some people are more at risk for stroke than others and measures and preventing stroke should be considered. The so-called “risk factors”, such as high blood pressure and diabetes can increase your risk, cigarette smoking, being overweight, and heavy drinking are also possible risk factors. If you have already had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (often called TIA or "mini-stroke"), you are at highest risk.

Preventing Stroke

It is now common belief among medical professions that stroke is as preventable as heart attack. In addition to primary prevention tactics such as quitting smoking, drinking only in moderation, and exercising: Medical therapy can also decrease your risk of stroke if you are in a high-risk group. Therefore, it seems prevention is possible.

Leading a healthy life and adopting a number of lifestyle changes can help prevent stroke and also diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Isn’t it worth the effort?

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