Ways to reduce stroke…

Ogechi signing on!

Continuing from where we left off on stroke, there are ways to reduce the risk of stroke happening, potentially saving the lives of a loved one whether it is family or friends.

Many TV adverts have shown how to spot signs of impending stroke (FAST) :

  • Face (face dropped to one side, causing the individual to be unable to move facial muscles e.g. unable to smile or move their mouth. Their eye(s) may have dropped and  the person may have a burning sensation).
  • Arms (the individual is unable to lift one or both arms as a result of weakness or in some cases numbness in one arm)
  • Speech (may be slurred and the individual is unable to speak even when awake)
  • Time (dial 999 ASAP, if any of these symptoms mentioned have been spotted)

As well as these symptoms, there are other possible symptoms to spot:

  • Complete paralysis on one side of the body
  • Blurred vision or sudden loss of vision
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Ataxia (difficulty with balance and co-ordination)
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Loss of consciousness

SO those are signs, how can we avoid this from happening???

Well, we want to reduce the risk factors. Let’s start with the biggest culprit, hypertension (high blood pressure). The NHS has reported as well as numerous studies that people from African and Caribbean communities are more at risk of hypertension and stroke compared to the rest of the population.

Blood pressure  allows blood to be forced to be exerted on the arterial wall, and when this increases or rises, (hypertension), your risk for stroke, heart attack and kidney issues greatly increases. The disadvantage of hypertension is there are no symptoms but this requires another post which will be discussed at a later date.

How do we reduce hypertension then, you might ask?  Good question!

Professor Graham MacGregor (Blood Pressure Association) states that: It’s not fully understood why African Caribbean people are likely to have high blood pressure. However, we know that a healthy diet, exercise and awareness can make a vital difference to preventing early death from stroke, heart attack or heart disease.”

There’s  your answer!  By doing the following, your risk of developing hypertension decreases thereby reducing your risk of stroke.

Healthy diet reduces stroke and this can be achieved by eating:

  • Fruits and veggies
  • Fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • Cut down on salt (major cause of hypertension)
  • When cooking meals, using fresh herbs and spices is recommended compared to very salty seasonings according to Graham.
  • Reducing saturated fat (remember the bad cholesterol that narrows and hardens the arteries)

EXERCISE!

Yes the dreaded workout, exercise! Along with a healthy diet, exeercise is important. Even if it is 30 minutes a day it’s a start! Exercise inevitably also reduces your cholesterol which means your risk of developing heat problems is also reduced. Yay! Everybody wins! Your body will thank you later in the long run! 😀

Ogechi sigining off!

Remember health is wealth!

References and resources:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Stroke/Pages/Prevention.aspx

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