The ABC’s of Stroke

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Published on June 2, 2015 by HWC Team

Myths Vs. Facts- Heart stroke, symptoms & prevention 

  1. Myth 1: It happens only to the older people

This is the common misconception in most of the people. Anyone at anytime can get a stroke, even in infancy.

  1. Myth 2: Stroke occurs in the heart

But, actually it is a brain attack. The nervous cells in the brain require blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to survive. If there is no proper blood supply because of blood clot or due to improper functioning of blood vessels, then neurons die.

  1. Myth 3: Stroke cannot be prevented

80% of strokes are preventable. In most cases, strokes are caused due to vascular risk factors such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

  1. Myth 4: Vitamins and supplements can lower your risk-

The American Heart Association has revealed that supplements and essential vitamins do not guarantee prevention of heart disease

  1. Myth 5: If you have heart disease, then you should eat too little fat

Your diet should contain low saturated fats and trans fat, but unsaturated fats are highly beneficial. Consuming fish containing omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of heart disease.

  1. Myth 6: Angioplasty and bypass surgery can permanently treat your heart disease- These can only relieve chest pain but they do not treat atherosclerosis, which is the underlying disease. Factors that lead to atherosclerosis should be controlled to prevent heart stroke.

How to prevent it?

  • Quit smoking
  • Maintaining BP levels under control
  • Balance cholesterol levels
  • Follow healthy diet
  • Add exercise to your do list

What are the symptoms?

  • Sudden weakness in one of the both sides of the body
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Not able to speak or understand what others are saying
  • Facing trouble while walking or sudden weakness in face may lead to acute stroke

If you are experiencing such symptoms, then it is better to consult a doctor now!

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