What is a stroke?
The majority of stroke diagnoses are linked to hypertension or high blood pressure. If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, it’s important to know what to do in case you do suffer a stroke. It’s also important for your family and friends to know what to do in case of a medical emergency. There are three major types of stroke:
- Ischemic: This type of stroke occurs when the arteries that feed your brain blood become narrow or blocked.
- Hemorrhagic: This type of stroke occurs when the blood vessels in or around your brain leak or rupture.
- Transient ischemic: This is a type of mini-stroke, where blood flow to a part of your brain stops for a short amount of time.
How to spot a stroke
Knowing what to look for when someone suffers a stroke is vital, as a stroke is considered a medical emergency. If you are unsure and concerned, it’s best to err on the side of caution and take your friend or family member to the nearest emergency medical facility. People who are having a stroke may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of their body.
- Sudden confusion.
- Blurred vision, and unexplained dizziness.
- Difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or understanding speech.
- Sudden loss in balance or the inability to walk.
If you’re concerned that someone you know has had a stroke, apply the STR method. Simply ask the person to:
- S - Smile
- T - Talk
- R - Raise both arms
If they are unable to follow these requests or have trouble doing so, call an ambulance or take them to the emergency room immediately.
Recovering from a stroke
A stroke can be a terrifying thing to endure, but recovering from a stroke is entirely possible. Once someone has had a stroke, no matter how mild or severe, they should expect to experience another one at some point. Preventing further strokes usually focuses on adapting to a new dietary plan, or ensuring their physical recovery in many aspects. Your doctor and medical team will advise on the best recovery programme for your loved one.
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