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Facts about Brain Stroke - World Brain Day 2021

Brain Stroke or Cerebral Stroke is one of the leading causes of preventable death.

Stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is a condition when the brain lacks in getting blood supply, damaging the brain cells. The loss of blood supply (ischemic), or excessive bleeding (hemorrhagic) into the brain tissues, are both conditions of stroke that need immediate emergency treatment.

In this blog, we have articulated major facts associated with Brain Stroke you didn’t know about stroke that may save a life!

1) Anyone can have a stroke

Stroke can happen at any age to anyone at any time.

Several factors are beyond everyone’s control leading to an increase in the risk for stroke age, sex or ethnicity. Our lifestyle impacts the most, improper and unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking, inactive regime, are the most common factors that can be changed preventing the risk of stroke in the younger population. Similarly, getting the right diagnosis and treatment for high levels of cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity can reduce your potential risk.

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2) Stroke is preventable

Appropriate treatment or therapies to prevent a first or recurrent stroke are based on treating an individual’s underlying risk factors for stroke such as diabetes, heart diseases, hypertension, or atrial fibrillation. Often, such diseases increase the risk of stroke in a person.

F.A.S.T. is a medically renowned acronym used for the awareness about the common warning signs of stroke leading to F- face drooping, A-arm weakness, S-speech difficulty, and T- Time to take action. Noticing first symptoms and timely medical intervention can save someone’s life.

3) Stroke can have more than one type

Depending on the affected area of the brain, stroke can cause paralysis, speech or vision problems, cognitive or behavioral changes. Stroke mainly has three types, ischemic, hemorrhagic, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). An ischemic stroke is caused by a clot in an artery to the brain, while a hemorrhagic stroke is caused by an artery rupture. A TIA known as “mini stroke” is caused by a temporary blockage.

4) Stroke can be a Warning Sign

The transient ischemic attack (TIA) that temporarily blocks the blood flow to the brain is an open warning sign to the body. In most cases, patients first experience TIA before having a serious full-blown stroke. One should take note of symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness on one side of the body, difficulty in speaking or understanding, blurred vision, or headaches that may last for a shorter duration.

5) Time is Everything

One should know that the stroke is a medical emergency, and its treatment and outcomes completely depend on how fast you can get to the hospital. When a stroke occurs, fast action could save a person’s life while minimizing the damage to the brain, says a neurologist at AMRI Hospitals. It is believed that the best outcome of the treatment can be seen within three hours after onset.

Conclusion-

Immediate action is the ultimate solution! In times of stroke don’t wait to see if symptoms stop. Follow the golden rule, take quick action to avoid complications, as the longer a stroke goes untreated the greater the risk of brain damage.