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Check This Out Before Going To The Hair Salon (It Can Save You From A Stroke)

Check This Out Before Going To The Hair Salon (It Can Save You From A Stroke)

A trip to the hairdresser is always a pleasure! Change of look, care or relaxing session of washing hair ... But beware, this moment of relaxation so much appreciated can quickly turn into a nightmare, going up to the stroke (stroke). Explanations.

Let's face it, there is no more relaxing than having someone play with our hair or wash them in our place. That's why many women enjoy shampoos at the hair salon. However, this part of pleasure is not always without risk.

Indeed, in many cases, the chairs used for hair salon shampoos are not always adjustable and put the neck and head in a very uncomfortable position. That said, it is not the discomfort that must be feared but rather its consequences. When washing the hair, the neck is very stretched to be able to tilt the head backwards. This position can cause compression or damage to the arteries and lead to the hairdressing salon syndrome, an ischemic stroke.

What is a stroke?

Brain accidents are among the leading causes of death worldwide. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), 15 million people worldwide suffer from stroke every year, including 5 million who die of it. In France, the data are equally alarming. Every year 130,000 people have a stroke, 30,000 to 50,000 of whom die.

A stroke occurs as a result of a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain. This causes the death of brain cells, which no longer receive oxygen or nutrients necessary for their operation.

The significance of the consequences of stroke depends primarily on the region of the affected brain. If the zone without oxygen is not important, the effects may be minor. But in the opposite case, the sequelae can be serious and permanent.

There are 2 types of stroke:

Ischemic stroke, the most common form, is caused by the formation of a blood clot in a cerebral artery that blocks it. This is due to the narrowing of the arteries following the accumulation of lipid plaques on the walls (atherosclerosis). It should be noted that ischemic stroke may be caused by clot formation elsewhere than in the brain, for example in the heart. The latter will subsequently be transported to the brain by the bloodstream.

The hemorrhagic stroke is quite rare, but much more serious. This form of stroke is manifested by intracerebral bleeding, the result of the rupture of a blood vessel of the brain. The main cause of hemorrhagic stroke is hypertension.

Different factors can lead to stroke, some of which can be controlled, others not. For example, it is difficult to act on the factor of age and genetic predisposition. From the age of 50, the risk of stroke increases, especially among men. However, it is possible to prevent stroke by changing lifestyle habits because they can be related to weight, stress, consumption of harmful substances (alcohol, drugs), cholesterol or taking oral contraceptives.

How to prevent a stroke?

At the hairdresser's:

To avoid a stroke after a trip to the hairdresser, it is important to take certain precautions. Above all, the hairdresser must have adjustable seats. Make sure that the height of the sink is comfortable for you and always place at least one folded towel under your neck to reduce deformation.

At home :

The occurrence of a stroke can have serious health consequences, hence the importance of knowing how to prevent it:
  • Adopt a healthy and balanced diet: consume a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, good fats and other foods that are good for you. Avoid, on the other hand, industrial food and dishes that are too sweet, too fat, or that contain significant amounts of sodium. This food increases the risk of stroke each day. A study by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, USA, has also shown that a high potassium diet can reduce the risk of stroke in postmenopausal women. The researchers studied potassium intake in more than 90,000 postmenopausal women (between the ages of 50 and 79) for 11 years. At the end of the study, the scientists concluded that women who consumed more potassium could reduce the risk of stroke by 12%.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
  • Regularly monitor your blood pressure, since it is one of the leading causes of stroke.
  • Regular physical activity not only helps to maintain heart health, prevent diabetes and obesity, but also reduces the risk of high blood pressure.