Unknown Facts About Brain Stroke
Stroke is the sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood flow or rupture of an artery to the brain. Sudden loss of speech, weakness, or paralysis of one side of the body can be the symptoms.
- Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke
- 1 out of 6 people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime
- Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability
- Stroke is the 3rd common cause of death after cancer and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD)
- Stroke symptoms can vary based on what area of the brain is damaged
- Stroke incidence is accelerating due to unhealthy lifestyle
- 2/3 of stroke victims are above 60 years old
- Damage on the left side of the brain may result in paralysis of the right side of the body and damage on the right side, paralyzes the left side.
- In some cases, strokes are preceded by one or more transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)
- High blood pressure is one of the top most risk factors for stroke
- Patients with diabetes mellitus are 2-3 times more predisposed to stroke
- Stroke can be easily prevented by taking healthy diet and keeping alcohol consumption under control
- Ten percent of all stroke victims have an almost full recovery, while 25% survive with minor impairments.
- The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. The test involves
FACE – Does one side of the face droop? Ask the person to smile
ARMS – Does one arm drift downward? Ask the person to raise both arms
SPEECH – Is his/her speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase
TIME – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs call 108/102/112 straight away