Avoiding a brain stroke

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"How can I effectivly avoid a killer brain stroke?" – this is one of the most frequently asked questions, when someone is confronted with a brain stroke in their close environment. Here we answer the most important questions about preventing a brain stroke.

Are there any symptoms of a brain stroke?

Yes, they are known as "striation". Doctors call them „Transient Ischaemic Attacks“(TIA’s), this is where there is poor blood circulation in the brain. TIA’s can cause the following neurological disturbances: weakness, itchiness and numbness in the arms, legs and face, coordination problems, balance disorders, mobility problems, language and speech disorders. Partial memory loss and disturbances to visibility are also possible.

What should I do if I experience any of these symptoms?

It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.

Do TIA’s increase the risk of suffering a stroke?

There is a 40% higher risk of suffering a brain stroke in the five years following a TIA

Is a stroke an unavoidable stroke of fate?

No. If you live a healthy life, take enough exercise and do not smoke, your risk of having a stroke is low. Smokers are twice or three times more likely to have a stroke. Other risk factors are high blood pressure, high level of cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, stress, and for female smokers, the contraceptive pill.

Do genetic factors also play a role?

Yes, if a close relative had a stroke before their fiftieth year, the risk is higher.
Which age groups are most affected?
The risk of having a stroke increases markedly the older you get. Around 50 percent of all strokes affect people over 75. But young people can also suffer a stroke. It is estimated that around five percent of all stroke patients are under the age of 40.

Author: Dr. Andreas Schepermann MyHandicap
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