A stroke is pretty scary and weighs heavily on the minds of many seniors. The reason for this is the suddenness and severity of a stroke that seemingly comes out of nowhere. Here are some of the most common pre-stroke warning signs and five ways to avoid a stroke altogether.
You can be minding your own business and be going about your daily routine feeling perfectly fine when this might happen to you.
WARNING SIGNS OF A STROKE
- All of a sudden you feel an unusual weakness or numbness in your face, arm, or leg. It’s usually on one side of your body and most likely something you have never experienced before.
- You might be at a party in the middle of a conversation and suddenly you have a problem speaking or understanding what someone is saying to you.
- Your vision is perfectly fine one minute and the next, you suddenly have vision problems in one of both of your eyes.
- Maybe you’re walking across the room minding your own business when suddenly you become dizzy. Worse yet, your balance and coordination seem to have deserted you.
- One minute you feel fine, and the next minute you have a headache from Hell.
You might write all of this off to having one drink too many, but chances are its much more serious than that.
If this happens to you or someone you are with, the first thing you should do is call 911. Chances are its a stroke rearing its ugly head.
Quick action on your part might in getting medical aid will improve the effectiveness of treatment. It can go a long way toward reducing the risk of death or long-term side effects.
If someone is dealing with an ischemic stroke(CLOTS) it means that a brain artery is being blocked or restricted. If action is taken within a three-hour window, the effects can actually be reversed or at least drastically reduced it they receive treatment within a three-hour window.
Unfortunately, if they wait and the episode goes untreated, that window of opportunity will most likely close. That’s why it’s important to make that 911 call even if you happen to be wrong and it’s not a stroke. The saying goes “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Many people think that a stroke will never happen to them and its something other people get. As a result, when they encounter the symptoms of a stroke they hesitate to do anything about it.
There are several excellent services available that are designed with the safety of the senior in mind. This is especially important for seniors who live alone.
Iamfine is a service that will call a senior on a daily basis to ensure they are okay. If there is any problem with contacting the senior, a pre-designated party will be called to check on the senior.
Medic Alert is another excellent resource that will respond to any medical emergencies immediately.
There was one situation when a senior woman had a stroke in her kitchen and was unable to move in order to reach a phone. It was three days before someone found her. Iamfine or Medic Alert would’ve prevented this from happening.
A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood from a bursting weakened artery begins bleeding into the brain. Brain cells are damaged and the area that is damaged is unable to function properly.
Hence, the symptoms of blurry vision, slurred speech, loss of balance, and sudden headache.
Subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs when the bleeding occurs between the brain and the membrane that covers it. This is the most common as opposed to Intracerebral hemorrhage bleeding that occurs inside the brain.
The risk factors for Intracerebral hemorrhage might include Hypertension(the most common of causes), blood vessels not forming correctly in the brain, and a genetic condition called Arteriovenous malformations (AVM’s) where blood vessels do not form properly and lead to a tangled web.
For Subarachnoid hemorrhage causes, look to AVM’s as well as bleeding disorders, head injury and trauma, blood-thinning medication, or a bulge in the wall of blood vessels known as a cerebral aneurysm.
Both types of hemorrhagic stroke result in the same conventional stroke risk factors.
REDUCING THE RISK OF STROKE
People with a family history of stroke are at greater risk of having a stroke and unfortunately, this risk factor can’t be changed. It is what it is.
There are however several steps that can be taken to lessen the risk of having a stroke. This goes for everyone. Man, woman, middle-aged, or senior. Although it’s true that the majority of stroke victims are seniors, it can happen to anyone.
In many cases, it all boils down to lifestyle. This is true of almost every conceivable medical condition. When we treat our bodies with the respect it deserves we are more likely to avoid a host of medical conditions. Unfortunately, most people don’t figure this out until its too late. Or worse yet, they figure it out and are too lazy or disinterested to do anything about it and eventually pay the consequences.
THE 5 KEYS TO AVOIDING STROKE AND OTHER DISEASE
- We all know it, but few people abide by it. Regular Exercise in all its many forms will keep your body strong and able to fight off a host of diseases. Strength Training and Swimming for Balance are a great way to start.
- (Maintaining A Normal Weight is very important as it is far less taxing on your cardiovascular system. Yet obesity is running rampant in North America. People don’t seem to care and as a result, are architects of their own demise.
- It goes without saying that if you Eat a Healthy Diet and combine it with regular exercise you will be on the right track for a long and healthy life.
- Maintaining a Healthy Cholesterol Level is critical and once again, this is achieved by regular exercise and a healthy diet.
- Keeping your Blood Pressure on an even keel. Yes, you guessed it. The best way to do this is to exercise, eat healthily, and quit smoking and drinking.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
You can read all the books you want. There are thousands of them out that will take 500 or 600 pages to tell you what you just read in less than 1000 words.
They will tell you all the right diets to adopt, and all the best exercises to do in order to get your health back on track. They will use case studies and medical reports. There will be a success story after success story for you to peruse and to be inspired by.
Yet it won’t matter.
It won’t matter because there is no book in the world that can push you away from the table before the second helping followed by the desert. There is no magic that will make you put on your running shoes and walk three or four kilometers.
It becomes nothing but lip service unless the reader takes it to heart and makes up his mind to do something about the current state of their health and well-being.
We are the boss of our bodies and it will do its best to work with the tools we provide. Do you have a poor diet, smoke, drink too much, or ignore exercise?
That’s no problem.
Your body will gladly oblige. It will let unused muscle atrophy. The heart will weaken as the body realizes the heart does not have to be strong to move blood vigorously to working muscles because the muscles aren’t working.
Over-indulge in poor food choices? No problem. The body will take care of it. It realizes that all those nutrients are not needed at the moment to act as fuel for the active body because the body is not active.
So it does what it thinks is best. It stores all those unneeded nutrients in the event they are needed at a later date. The storage begins around the waist in what many people like to call the spare tire, love handles, or donut. Call it what you like, but it spreads out from there.
Maybe the books are too complicated and filled with medical jargon that makes people think that positive change is just too hard. It inspired me to write a small book with a big print that I hope will inspire and motivate people to take control of their well-being before its too late.
Pre-stroke warning signs and five ways to avoid a stroke begins with positive action on your part. Nobody can do it for you. All authors, researchers, and doctors can do is suggest and hope someone finally listens.
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