What if we could tell if there’s something wrong with our hearts? And what if we could use that information to prevent strokes? The number one killer in the world! Well, let’s not get too excited, but there’s a chance you can tell if there’s something wrong with you a few days before you suffer a stroke.
Typically, you only feel an imminent stroke seconds before it happens. So, what are these signs you should be looking for days before? Read on and take notes — this could save your life!
What is A Stroke and How to Detect It In Time?
The most common type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke. And it happens when blood clots and blocked arteries prevent your heart from pumping blood to a part of your brain, causing oxygen deficiency that could lead to paralysis and even death.
And sure, your arteries aren’t blocked overnight; it takes years of bad habits, chronic inflammation and cholesterol build-up to block an artery. Still, it’s hard to assess when the stroke will occur. The answer might surprise you — according to a recent study, patients who suffer a stroke first experience a ministroke.
What is a Mini stroke?
A ministroke or warning stroke is a typical warning sign that happens to some patients days and even a week before suffering a full-blown stroke. These episodes are brief and can last up to five minutes — the patient might feel numbness in the face, arm or legs, visual impairment, lack of balance or intense headaches.
It comes without saying assessing if what you’re suffering is a ministroke is not easy. After all, many conditions can cause these symptoms. The good news? A ministroke doesn’t cause brain damage. If you feel something is wrong with your body, talk to your doctor immediately. You might be minutes away from a stroke!
How to Prevent Strokes?
Experiencing a ministroke and diagnosing it in time can be the difference between preventing a stroke and death. Still, if you suffer one of these warning strokes, you’re already at risk and probably not in top shape. Can you prevent a stroke? You have to start months and even years before it happens. Tell me what you eat, and We’ll tell you if you’ll unavoidably have a stroke.
The bottom line? Although detecting early signs of an imminent stroke sounds encouraging, it’s way easier to determine if you have high blood pressure, inflammation, high cholesterol, triglyceride levels or obesity. All precursors of heart disease. These are much better signs that something will go wrong, eventually.
Prevent Strokes Years Before They Happen!
You might be tired of reading this, but if you don’t want to suffer from a stroke, try to lose those extra pounds, stop smoking, drinking excess alcohol and eating unhealthy food. Work out now and then and try to stay in shape. Strokes are hard to predict, sure, but they’re easy to avoid if you’re in top condition.
An active lifestyle and a healthy diet, together with a positive support group, meaning people that care about you, are all you need to keep your arteries clear and your heart healthy! Strokes are no joke, so take care of yourself!