FAST: Warning Signs Of A Stroke and 14 Steps To Recover

Annually more than 800,000 U.S citizens suffer from a stroke, and some of them are deadly. A stroke mostly is developed if the oxygen that needs to get to the brain is interrupted or cut, and mostly the stroke is followed with paralysis in the face, sudden weakness on one side of your body, and you are unable to speak at the moment.

You might save your life if you know the signs that warn you before you have a stroke. The stroke can occur in two types, hemorrhagic and ischemic.

The hemorrhagic type of stroke is mostly caused by the rupture of a blood vessel, which makes blood to leak in our brain.  Mostly this is caused by arteriovenous malformation or also known as aneurysm, and this is mostly the cause for 10 to 15% of the strokes that happen, and 30 to 60% of the deaths that are related to stroke.

On the other hand the ischemic type of stroke mostly is developed when our vessels in the neck or the brain are blocked, which is the main cause why the brain is not supplied with the proper amount of blood and oxygen. Mostly this is because of embolism, stenosis and thrombosis.

These are the main risk factors and causes for stroke:

  • High Cholesterol
  • Sleeping disorders
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Family history of strokes
  • Being overweight
  • Drug use
  • Using artificial sweeteners
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

In order to remember all of the symptoms for stroke, you should only remember the acronym FAST, which actually stands for:

  • Face: Look at yourself in the mirror, smile and see if one side of the face droops.
  • Arms: Try to raise your hands above your head, if one of the hands is drifting, falls or you are unable to put it up.
  • Speech: Check if your speech is slurred and strange, by repeating a simple phrase for a few times.
  • Time: If any of these things are happening right now, don’t waste anymore time call 911 right away!

Here are some other symptoms of stroke:

  • Inability to speak
  • Intense and unusual headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, and dizziness
  • Paralysis on the leg,arm or face
  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Tingling or numbness in any body part, especially the face
  • Weakness on one body side
  • Irregular breathing
  • Double vision, blurred vision, trouble focusing or even vision loss
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Loss of balance and unsteady walking that causes veering, weaving or staggering
  • Severe muscle stiffness

14 Simple Steps to Recover from a Stroke:

1. Eye Exercises

These exercises will improve your vision, and there are a few of them that might boost your vision instead of losing it, such as puzzles.

2. Rehabilitation

The goal of the rehabilitation is to boost your cognitive thinking, improve your communicative and coping skills, and also to improve the physical function of yours. The rehabilitation process can be a mix of speech therapy, physical exercises, occupational therapy, and visiting a psychologist.

3. Vitamin D

Lack of this vitamin in your body, might also cause the development of stroke. You can increase the intake of the vitamin D, by spending more time in the sun and accumulate it. Therefore you will boost your brain’s function and prevent from strokes at the same time.

4. Exercise

Exercising regularly might also decrease the risk of stroke, and if you have already had a stroke, and you exercise, it will boost the strength of your body and improve your balance.

5. Pilates

According to a study which was published in The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, all of the participants practiced Pilates for 9 months, and they practiced twice a week, after the study the researchers concluded that the participant’s improved their balance, body posture and also strengthened their bodies.

6. Acupuncture

For over a millennia the acupuncture has been practiced by the Chinese, and it is still used in the Chinese medicine. It is able to treat numerous diseases. It is able to boost the blood circulation, treat anxiety and also relieve from many types of pain.

7. Sleep

Also another risk factor for strokes is sleeping disorders, therefore you want to make your sleep more improved. You should sleep in a dark room with no light, be relaxed, and 30 minutes before going to bed, don’t use any electric devices.

8. Green or Black Tea

According to many studies, consuming 3 cups of green or black tea on daily basis, will surely lower the risk of stroke. Or if you already had a stroke, after that it is wise to take green or black tea, since they are able to regulate our blood sugar, relax us, lower the risk of another stroke, and mostly improve our heart health.

9. Music Therapy

The symptoms of stroke can be reduced with this therapy. According to the newest studies and researches, you are able to recover 38% more effectively with the music therapy, also this therapy is improving our balance, cognition, grip and strength.

10. Blood Sugar Levels

The risk of stroke is elevated in the case of diabetes. If you want to regulate your blood sugar levels, increase the intake of foods that are rich with fiber, and try to avid alcohol, refined sugar and grains as much as possible.

11. Mediterranean Diet

According to a study which was published by The Journal Atherosclerosis, it was proven that people who were on a Mediterranean Diet, were having the risk of stroke increase. Because the Mediterranean foods are rich with grains, vegetables and fresh fruits, beans and legumes, also some other fats that are healthy and found in the seeds, nuts and olive oil.

12. Meditation

Many people who have suffered from a stroke, afterwards are dealing with mental fatigue, anxiety and depression. Therefore, meditating will improve your sleep and memory, boost your happiness and also enhance your mental performance and focus.

13. Yoga

Amazing benefits can be provided for your emotional, mental and physical health if you do yoga. The GABA release is stimulated during these exercises, also the emotion balance is maintained and the muscle control is boosted.

14. Pomegranate

The juice made from pomegranate is able to decrease the levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL) when it elevates too much, and the risk of stroke is decreased. This juice is also able to fight against inflammation and boost our heart health.



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