Having a stroke can be a scary experience but you can take steps to prevent it. In this video, Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher explains how factors such as age, gender and ethnicity as well as high blood pressure and stress play a role in having a stroke.
There are several stroke prevention methods that you can take. For example, you should have your blood pressure checked every year, because high blood pressure is a major risk factor for a stroke. You should also find out if you have diabetes because diabetes accelerates blockages of your arteries and increases your risk of stroke. Other steps you can take include stopping smoking, limiting alcohol intake, lower your cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight.
There are several different methods for treating a stroke. The first treatment option is medication. To prevent a second stroke from happening, anti-coagulants and anti-platelet agents may be prescribed to help prevent further blood clots. Sometimes, however, your doctor will recommend a surgical procedure to clear blocked arteries to the brain.
After a stroke, many of your body's functions may be affected. Relearning things like walking and talking may be a part of the recovery process as well.
Reviewed November 2014-February 2015
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