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How to prevent a second stroke

 

A stroke occurs when blood stops supplying any part of your brain which damages the brain cells. The most common type of stroke, accounting for almost 80% of all strokes, is ischemic stroke. Not only do many stroke survivors have to live with physical or cognitive disabilities, they also live in fear of a second attack. According to studies, 1 in 4 stroke survivors suffer a second stroke within 5 years. As many as 30% of all strokes are secondary strokes. They tend to be more disabling and costly, and are more likely to be fatal.

 

Prevention is the key! it starts with knowing your risk. 9 in 10 people 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 change. That means that habits like eating healthy, being active, avoid smoking and limiting alcohol have a big impact on your health.

 

One key factor in preventing a second stroke from happening is a hand in hand partnership with your doctor. If you or your love ones is a stroke survivor; it is advisable to visit your neurologist periodically mainly because these specialised doctors has intimate knowledge of brain anatomy, function, and cervicocranial blood supply. These physicians know the symptoms and signs found in stroke patients and the detailed differential diagnosis of stroke subtypes. They are very familiar with the symptoms, signs, and diagnosis of other neurological disorders. They are knowledgeable about stroke recovery, management and rehabilitation. Neurologist will initiate a plan with the patient to prevent a second stroke as soon after the first episode as possible. This has to be part of the patient’s long-term care programme. #stroke #strokecare #strokerecovery #strokesurvisor #secondstroke #mildstroke #strokedoctor #specialist #neurologist #winnielimkhoo #doctor #diet #exercise #lifestyle #healthy #health

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