What Are The Signs of a Stroke? - How to Recognize a Stroke

Learn the Signs of a Stroke for Those You Love

What are the Signs of a Stroke? What causes a stroke? What are the effects of a stroke? Is there a diabetic stroke? Who is at risk of a stroke? What about high blood pressure and strokes? You may have a lot of questions about strokes. My desire is to help you reduce your exposure to stroke.

What is a stroke? - A stroke is when a blood vessel to the brain has blockage or bursts causing oxygen to be cut off. This lack of oxygen kills brian cells which explains loss of function after a stroke. 83% of all strokes are caused b y a blockage or a blood clot. I was part of the 17% who have a vessel break causing bleeding into the brain.

What causes a stroke? - High blood pressure, artery blockage, and blood clots are the main causes.

Who is at risk of a stroke? - Diabetics, the Obese and those with high blood pressure are at risk. If you have untreated high blood pressure you are most at risk of a stroke. statistics say that half the type 2 diabetics are undiagnosed. Someone who is like I was, running around with undiagnosed diabetes, and high blood pressure is ripe for a diabetic stroke.

A first stroke can be a major one or a mini stroke. Mini stroke symptoms are similar to a major stroke. They may be less severe. The signs of a stroke can vary from victim to victim. They may comprise of some or almost all of the signs below.

First Signs of a Stroke

Eyesight - Vision trouble in one or both eyes.

Facial & Speech - Drooping lip, slurred speech, unable to speak, smile is off or confusion.

Headache - Unexplained severe headache.

Numbness - Or sudden weakness. May cause trouble walking. Coordination in walking is off. Usually occurs on one side of the body.

Immediately After a stroke. - In most cases of stroke there is a 3 hour window to administer clot busting drugs. Occasionally surgery may be needed.

Prevention - After a first stroke your risk for an additional stroke is greater. There are several factors that can reduce your risks.

Reducing your risk of strokes:

Anti-clotting - Drugs, Aspirin, Magnesium, or Best of all Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements may lower the risk.

Blood Pressure - Controlling blood pressure with drugs and proper diet can reduce risks.

Diet - Eating a healthy diet and not over-eating can be very beneficial.

Education - Become a student of good health and wellness.

Exercise - Regular Exercise or a job that entails physical activity can cut your risks of heart disease and stroke.

After a stroke, some will be lucky enough not to need serious physical rehabilitation. Others may need to learn how to walk or talk again. Over time many of the lost functions may return.

My residual effects are mainly the nerve damage of Neuropathy as my stroke was caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. Right after my stroke I had trouble buttoning buttons on one sleeve and my shirt collars. Over time this was resolved. I also had to deal with weakness and shortness of breath. I did resort to chelation for a while to resolve the artery blockages. I still do ongoing chelation. During my recovery my wife was a big help to me. Your Family’s Support during your recovery will be very important.

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Page Updated 12/14/2010

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