A brain stroke is a serious condition, which occurs when the blood supply to various parts of the brain is disrupted. This prevents the brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients, leading to a stroke.
There are many lifestyle choices that can increase your chances of experiencing a stroke. From unhealthy eating to leading a sedentary life, different factors can increase risk of stroke, making both men and women prone.
Cigarette smoking is an injurious and extremely harmful habit that not only makes you more prone to strokes, but also impacts your heart health and respiratory functions.
Being inactive, not exercising regularly, can not only make you overweight and obese, but it can also cause major illnesses. It increases your risk of stroke and also make you vulnerable to many other chronic conditions.
Regular exercise, eating healthy and restricting unhealthy lifestyle habits can protect you from any life-threatening conditions and complications.
According to the UK’s National Health Services (NHS), “Binge drinking usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk.”
While for women, six units of alcohol in a single session is classified as binge drinking, for men, it is 8 units that constitute binge drinking.
There are many other risk factors for a brain stroke. Medical conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, Atrial Fibrillation (AF) i.e. irregular heartbeats are all controllable risk factors. Family history, age, gender are uncontrollable risk factors.
When someone experiences a stroke, time is of the essence. One needs to act immediately if they see someone suffering with a stroke, best if it is treated within the first few hours from stroke onset.
In order to treat an ischemic stroke, doctors must quickly restore blood flow to the brain.