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Know how to stop Stroke before it stops you

A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done. Let us remember that stroke is absolutely a medical emergency.

Symptoms of stroke typically occur on one side of the body and come on suddenly. With a transient ischemic attack (sometimes called a mini-stroke) the symptoms appear and may go away on their own. In any case, it is essential to get the affected person to a nearby emergency department of any hospital as soon as possible to enable prompt treatment. Other possible signs and symptoms of stroke include the sudden onset of:

  1. Weakness or paralysis of any part of the body.

  2. Numbness or a "pins and needles" sensation anywhere in the body.

  3. Difficulty walking

  4. Loss of balance or coordination

  5. Blurred Vision

  6. Dizziness

  7. Severe Headache

  8. Confusion

  9. Slurred speech

  10. Behavioral changes

  11. Muscle stiffness

  12. Difficulty swallowing

Prevention starts with knowing your risk. Nine in ten Filipinos have at least one risk factor for stroke or heart disease. Almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle habits. That means that habits like eating healthy, being active and living smoke free is the key to stopping stroke.

Small, healthy changes in your daily routine can decrease your risk for stroke. Making changes is always challenging. Don’t try to change yourself overnight. Start with something that is relatively easy and build on your successes. Here are a few more advice for you to stop your risk factors for stroke:

  1. Avoid high blood pressure

  2. Maintain a good weight

  3. Exercise, exercise & exercise

  4. Drink alcohol in moderation

  5. Avoid diabetes

  6. Quit Smoking

  7. Eat Healthy

  8. Limit Stress

If you've been diagnosed with a condition known to increase your risk of stroke, ensuring the condition is well controlled is also important in helping prevent strokes. The lifestyle changes mentioned above can help control these conditions to a large degree, but you may also need to take regular medication. #stroke #strokecare #strokerehab #rehabilitation #recovery #strokemedicine #strokedoctor #strokespecialist #specialist #winnielimkhoo #neurologist #manila #philippines #health #tips #advise

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