Signs Of A Heart Attack

Stroke (Heart Attack) affects nearly 15 million people a year worldwide. They can occur at any time and cause severe consequences if they are not supported in time. Recognizing the symptoms of this disease is therefore important to act quickly.
Stroke is a leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease and cancer. They arise from a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain. Therefore, the brain cells are not getting oxygen or nutrients essential for their proper functioning, and die. Over the affected area and private oxygen, the greater the consequences will be severe.
There are two types of stroke: ischemic stroke is caused by blockage of a brain artery following the formation of a clot, and hemorrhagic stroke, characterized by bleeding after breaking a blood vessel, and whose main cause is hypertension.
Ischemic stroke is the most common. When lipids plates piled up on the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis), they shrink, causing clots. However, clots do not always form in the brain. Sometimes they can form in the heart and reach the brain via the bloodstream.
The causes of stroke
Strokes can be caused by many factors, but mainly those singled out are unquestionably high blood pressure and smoking. Note that smoking, particularly, is the cause of 40% of stroke deaths.
Family history and age are factors that favor the occurrence of stroke. Indeed, the risk of stroke increased in men from the age of 50, but also in those with a family member has suffered a stroke or suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Other factors associated with stroke are: chronic stress, oral contraceptives, cholesterol, obesity, drug use or excessive alcohol, physical inactivity and diabetes.
The warning signs
About 5 million people worldwide die of stroke each year, according to WHO statistics.  Thus knowing the symptoms of this disease is essential to provide timely action and save lives. These signs should not be ignored:
  • Speech disorders
  • The person may experience difficulty speaking, to speak or understand others.
Numbness or weakness of a body part
The subject that has a stroke may experience weakness, numbness or paralysis of a body member as the arm, leg or a half. The numbness can also affect the face, and in this case, it may be question of drooping lips.
Blurred vision
Have blurred vision or loss of sight in one eye are very common signs of stroke. Not to be overlooked!
Headaches
Sudden and intense headache, sometimes accompanied by vomiting, may announce a stroke.
Dizziness
Loss of balance, dizziness or unsteadiness when walking are also alarming signs if they are sudden and without causes.
Actions to take to prevent stroke
Since high blood pressure and smoking are major causes of stroke, control blood pressure and stop smoking are imperative to prevent this disease.
It is also advisable to do sports so as to reduce the risk of hypertension and maintain good heart health. Adopting a healthy diet is also recommanded. Avoid processed foods high in fat and sugars and favor seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good fats and lean protein. Eat plenty of foods rich in potassium, for their ability to reduce the risk of stroke.
Finally, it is also important to reduce your alcohol consumption and learn to manage your stress.

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