Stroke – Exclusive Insights and How to Restore Your Health
Stroke is medically known as cerebrovascular accident or CVA. Another common name for Stroke is 'brain attack.' Stroke is both a neurological (brain) disease and a cardiovascular (heart) disease.
Even though three-quarters of stroke patients are over 65 years old, the disease can occur at any age.
According to the U.S stroke statistics, Stroke is third among the high fatality diseases in the U.S with a high rate of disability. The disease affects 795,000 people yearly in the U.S alone. Of the said figure, approximately 600,000 patients are first-timers, and 185,000 are recurrent stroke patients.
Stroke alone claims more than 140,000 of its patients yearly in the U.S. Such a staggering figure!
What do these figures mean? The numbers indicate that Stroke is a health menace that should be addressed seriously.What is a Stroke?
Stroke is a heart disease that affects the blood vessels feeding the brain with oxygen and nutrients. The condition occurs when the brain artery blocks due to a clot or when the artery suddenly bursts (ruptures) to spill blood into the brain.
The condition can cause the death of the brain cells due to a lack of oxygenated blood to the brain. The part of the body that depends on the damaged section of the brain also gets affected.
Stroke requires a medical emergency for immediate treatment. An emergency action can reduce the chances of brain damage and other serious stroke complications.
How can you know you are on the verge of a stroke disease? You must always pay attention to any warning signs in your body. Your body signals through symptoms when all is not well to give you time for seeking immediate medical help.
Your body can reveal some symptoms to indicate the onset of stroke disease.
Symptoms of Stroke
Symptoms can differ according to the type of Stroke a patient has. Also, the affected part of the brain and the severity of the disease can cause symptoms variance. Each patient might have different symptoms depending on the type of Stroke
One patient may have a severe headache as a prelude of other symptoms. Another patient can have a painless stroke but have the other signs.
One of the signs most common with stroke patients is sudden face sag, limp on both limbs of the affected side.
Other symptoms or signs of Stroke include:
- Severe headache
- Weak sight in one eye or both
- Confusion causing trouble in speaking or lack of understanding when talked to
- Difficulty walking due to lack of coordination, loss of balance or dizziness
As soon as you notice such symptoms, you must seek emergency medical attention. The symptoms can very likely be a sign of stroke onset. Call for emergency medical services immediately or ask your loved one to do so.
Your immediate emergency medical service's attention can lower the risk of brain damage. Part of the brain starving from oxygenated blood can get damaged if you fail to act FAST.Acting FAST
When you suspect Stroke to either your loved one or someone near you, act FAST to save the brain of the patient and hence the life.
How do you do that?
F – Face: Check whether the face is drooping.
A – Arms: By raising both arms, one arm can't hold up and will suddenly drop if it is a stroke.
S – Speech: Try to say something and see whether the speech is slurred or incoherent.
T – Time: Time is crucial when you notice signs of stroke onset. Call 911 urgently.
Note down when you first noticed the symptoms. Your doctor would want to know the exact time it happened. The window hour from the symptoms to saving the brain damage in the affected part is less than 3 hours.
Within the time, the doctor should have performed the clot-busting treatment or medical term known as thrombolytics. The procedure is to open the affected blood vessel to enable oxygenated blood supply to the brain.
Types of Stroke Disease
Each case of Stroke can either be one of the three different kinds:Ischemic Stroke – The largest share of stroke disease is Ischemic Stroke. It is one type of Stroke with the largest share of patients. Eighty percent of stroke patients are Ischemic. Ischemic Stroke is further split into two other two types:
Thrombotic Stroke – A thrombus (blood clot) or fatty deposits build-up that can block the brain's blood vessel (whether large or small) and cut blood flow to a section of the brain.
Avoid fatty deposits or build-ups in the artery by using healthy fats in your diet. You can then prevent Stroke and other heart diseases.
Embolic Stroke – A blood clot lodged elsewhere in the body can dislodge and push its way to the brain blood vessel. The blood clot can form due to irregular heartbeat. Also, a bacterial clamp from an infection of the heart valve (endocarditis) can move to block the brain blood vessel.Hemorrhagic Stroke – The remaining share of stroke disease is Hemorrhagic Stroke. The type of Stroke takes the least share but equally fatal. Hemorrhagic Stroke, which comes from the word hemorrhage, means bleeding. Hemorrhagic Stroke is then bleeding inside the brain tissue.
Due to pressure, a brain blood vessel may break and start bleeding and hence spilling blood into the brain. Bleeding can happen either in the inner part of the brain or between the brain and the membranes.Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) – A temporary clot can cause a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a 'ministroke.' A transient ischemic attack can only last for a short while. The common one-sided paralysis symptoms of a stroke can happen to last for a few minutes. The symptoms can then clear to return to normalcy. In TIA, the supply of blood to the brain is interrupted for only a short while.
TIA is always a prelude of a major stroke attack. Chances of Stroke after TIA can be very high. The full Stroke can then follow in less than a year if nothing is done to correct the condition. It essential to take precautions after a transient ischemic attack to prevent stroke onset.What are the Causes of Stroke?
You might want to know what causes stroke disease. Such knowledge can impact your prevention of stroke disease or how you can lower the chance of getting it.
You can term the three types of Stroke you read earlier on as the cause of Stroke.
But, each of the three types of Stroke has its root cause.Cause of Ischemic Stroke
Your brain is dependent on the proper functioning of the blood vessels that supply it with nutrients and oxygenated blood.
Cholesterol or fat plaque can build up and hence blocking any of the arteries (internal carotid) that supply the brain with oxygenated blood. The occlusion of such a vital artery can cause Ischemic Stroke.
Another cause can be a blood clot or a bacterial clamp that pushes its way to one of the blood vessels to the brain, causing an occlusion.Cause of Hemorrhagic Stroke
The leading cause of hemorrhage stroke can be
- High blood pressure
- Blood-thinning medicines
- Illicit drug use
- Excess use of alcohol that has a high alcohol content
- Weakened artery wall that forms balloon-like distension (aneurysm) and later raptures
- Bleeding disorders
- Weak blood vessels from birth
- Advanced age
The 'ministroke' has one primary root cause. The condition happens when the brain starves of oxygenated blood because of a clogged artery. Fatty or cholesterol deposits form plaque, which can block any of the brain blood vessels.
Also, blood can clot due to malfunction of the heart, which can cause occlusion in one of the brain blood vessels leading to the transient ischemic attack.
Stroke has a high chance of occurrence due to certain conditions. Different from the various causes of Stroke, you can avoid some of the risk factors, while others are unavoidable.Risk Factors of Stroke
Risk factors are habits, conditions, and traits that can place you at risk of getting stroke disease. Some of the risk factors are beyond control, while others you can control and hence prevent Stroke.Uncontrollable Stroke Risk Factors
- Advanced age
- Blood vessels malformation
- Family history and genetic disorders
- Prior health conditions such as a heart attack, 'ministroke,' or Stroke
- Health conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and diabetes
- A fatty diet which leads to high cholesterol and other health conditions
- Sickle cell anemia
Whether your risk factor is uncontrollable or controllable, you have the responsibility of preventing stroke disease. If your risk factor is unmanageable, you may schedule to visit your health practitioner who can advise you what to do.
If your condition is controllable, then you are solely responsible for your health. Again, you can visit your health practitioner to work out your control plan for you.
Preventing Stroke Disease
Observing the following can help you prevent Stroke:
- Eat a healthy diet free of bad fats and other high cholesterol foods
- Control weight – watch your BMI (body mass index). Get a meal plan from your nutritionist to regulate your BMI.
- Manage your health condition that can lead to Stroke with the help of your health practitioner
- Managing stress
- Exercise regularly and avoid a sedentary lifestyle
- Reduce alcohol intake
- Quit smoking
- Schedule routine medical checkups and regular live blood analysis
Don't wait until stroke strikes. You can use natural remedies to prevent Stroke. You can supplement and complement your recuperating by using natural products for quick recovery.
Living a healthy lifestyle and eating a healthy diet can speed up your recovery. Learn how to prevent Stroke naturally. Use only high-quality products from reliable sources free of toxins.
We do DNA health testing, which could help detect this potential and many other issues. If you are concerned that you might have this possibility, then give us a call, and we can set up a DNA health assessment test. There are 2 Genes involved in promoting heart health. The Gene MTRR and the ApoB are critical factors in Heart Health, especially with fatty and cholesterol deposits.
Key Genes: ApoB: Healthy LDL Cholesterol Gene or ApoB rs693
What is the purpose of the ApoB Gene?
The ApoB gene helps support a healthy heart by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range. ApoB Gene Regulates ApoB, the main component of LDL. Without ApoB, LDL cannot form. LDL levels in the Healthy range are associated with good Cardiovascular Health.
Key Genes: MTRR: Homocysteine/Healthy Heart Gene or MTRR rs1801394
What is the purpose of the MTRR Gene?
The MTRR gene encodes for the MTRR enzyme, which specifically supports cardiovascular health by regulating homocysteine levels.
Live Blood Testing
We perform Live Blood Analysis and look at dry blood samples specifically.
Blistering: A localized area in the sample that appears raised/bulging. This pattern is connected to cardiovascular health challenges, including circulation problems, stress on the heart, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, narrowing of blood vessels, etc.
We can see crystals in the blood plasma.
Large, trapezoidal structures that are semi-opaque.
These crystals may cause circulatory hindrances and may be associated with high serum cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and possible high saturated fat intake.
Stroke Disease Complementary and Alternative Therapy
There are various alternative treatments for heart health issues. However, you may require consulting your health practitioner for the best therapy and advice. The following are some of the recommendations from our natural health practitioner, Yvonne Dollard Perc.
The following are the choicest natural products you might use to aid your health and quick recovery:
Natural Supplements to Strengthen and Support the Heart and Circulatory System
Rejuvenaid, 30 Packets - Helps to maintain proper muscle function and tissue formation and to form red blood cells, supports energy production, and helps to maintain heart muscle function.
CoQ10-100 mg (60 Softgels) - Helps to maintain and/or support cardiovascular health. Many Co-Q10 products are marketed in a crystalline state, a form in which the coenzyme's absorbability is far less than ideal. Nature's Sunshine uses a patented lipid blend to keep Co-Q10 from crystallizing, and it yields maximum bioavailability.
Garlic, High Potency, 60 Tablets Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the symptoms associated with upper respiratory tract infections and catarrhal conditions. Besides benefiting the immune system, it's especially important for the circulatory system. Used in Herbal Medicine to help reduce elevated blood lipid levels/hyperlipidemia and maintain cardiovascular health in adults.The After-Stroke Life
Stroke is a life-long recovery process. Whether you recover fully, you are still at risk of a recurring stroke. Depending on how hard the disease hit, the condition can leave you with some disabilities. Some of the disabilities can be temporal, while others can last the remaining part of your lifetime.
Nevertheless, you can lead a quality life by observing healthy lifestyles and a healthy diet. Adhere to your medical care schedules, such as physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and prevent contracture. Psychological treatment is also essential to prevent the after-stroke depression.
Read also about other heart diseases here. Some of the heart diseases are high-risk factors for Stroke. You can learn how to prevent such conditions to lower your risk of Stroke.Your health is Our Passion!!
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