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Stroke

 

It is a condition causing temporary or permanent loss of brain functions due to lack of blood supply and oxygen to the brain.

Causes

  • Blood clots blocking blood vessels
  • Broken blood vessel bleeding into the brain

Symptoms

Symptoms of stroke appear suddenly and include:

  • Numbness or paralysis especially on one side of the body
  • Weakness
  • Speech problem
  • Vision problem
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache

Treatment

Stroke treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity as well as the kind of stroke. Permanent damage to the brain cells due to lack of blood supply cannot be undone but treatment is given to control the stroke and prevent another one from happening. Immediate medical aid should be given to lessen the damage and further treatment may include:

  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation

Prevention

  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Healthy blood pressure
  • Healthy blood sugar levels
  • Healthy weight
  • Balanced diet
  • Low cholesterol and fat intake
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Avoiding harmful drugs