Although it is almost impossible to predict the exact time when a stroke will happen, it usually doesn’t strike out of the blue. Doctors say that a combination of over 25 different factors can cause the likelihood of a stroke. Some of the factors like age and genetics are completely out of your control but that does not mean that you can’t take certain steps to minimize the risk.
For people who’ve already have a full or a mini stroke, cutting the stroke risk isn’t nearly as much of an option as it is a lifeline, but very few patients heed the warning. Seeking treatment and monitoring cholesterol and blood pressure are some of the ways you can prevent stroke.
Look Out for the Signs
A stroke is often caused by a dangerous blood clot that develops inside the vessels or acute bleeding in the brain. In UK, stroke is the most common health condition that leads to long-term disability.
Strokes can be fatal if not treated immediately, although early diagnosis can prevent the incident altogether. A quick way to identify if you are suffering from a stroke is by checking your face and body for any numbness. Slurred or slow speech, blurred vision and sudden confusion may also be symptoms of a stroke, in which case calling an ambulance immediately is your best option.
Keep You Blood Pressure in Check
High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factor for a stroke, but with proper monitoring and regulation, it can be easily controlled. Invest in a blood pressure monitoring device to keep at home or have it checked at a hospital or pharmacy regularly. Blood pressure monitors typically cost less than £25 and can come in handy for some DIY medical monitoring which could be advantageous when relaying your health conditions to your physician.
Cases of abnormal blood pressure can typically be resolved with minor adjustments to your everyday lifestyle along with a dash of prescription medicine but if all typical medical procedures fail, doctors use ultrasound to shock the nerves around the kidney area which can prove to be beneficial for some cases of abnormal blood pressure that is persistent despite conventional medical proceedings.
Keep Your Vitals in Check
It is also important to keep your pulse rate in check; irregularities in your pulse rate could increase the chances of a stroke which could be caused by irregular pumping of blood by the heart causing blockages in the brain. Irregularity in the pulse rate can usually stabilize itself overtime but these irregularities tend to be recurring which can be a dangerous proposition.
An irregular heart rate can usually be diagnosed by prescription drugs which cause your blood to thin, easing blood flow. Additionally, patients can also undergo cardioversion procedure whereby a small electric shock is given to their heart to terminate the cause of abnormal electrical signals. Finally, patients can also opt for a pacemaker which helps to regulate your pulse rate by overriding any irregularities.
Keep Diabetes and Cholesterol in Check
It is believed that more than 6% of the population is diabetic and estimated that almost 25% of them are not even aware of this medical condition. Having an undiagnosed can of diabetes can significantly increase your risk of having a stroke which is why it is important to check yourself using DIY diabetes kits to avoid an untreated case of diabetes.
Cholesterol in your bloodstream can clog up and block your arteries leading to a stroke which is why it is also important to keep your cholesterol in check along with your bodyweight since reduction in bodyweight and regular exercise can lead to a reduction in cholesterol. DIY kits are available which enable you to accurately measure your cholesterol levels or you can get it done by a professional laboratory.
If you have a family history of diabetes or high cholesterol then you should be extra careful since you are prone to contracting these medical conditions even if you lead an impeccably healthy lifestyle.