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Pre-Stroke Lifestyle Can Lead to Post-Stroke Health

Few things can come on so suddenly and have such a serious impact upon a person as can a stroke. To put it simply, a stroke is a “brain attack,” and it can happen to any person at any time.

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to an area within the brain is cut off. As a result of this, the brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die.

When these brain cells die as a result of a stroke, the abilities they controlled in the brain such as muscle control or memory will be forever lost. The way a person is affected by their stroke varies greatly on where the stroke occurred in the brain and how much damage it caused. For example, a person who suffered from a stroke may only experience a slight or temporary weakness in their arms or legs. While a person with a more severe stroke might be paralyzed on one side of their body. Sadly, there is no way to determine how severe a stroke will be until after it happens.

However, that isn’t to say that we are completely powerless when it comes to this scary, physiological anomaly. According to a study to come out of The Netherlands, it was found that having heart-disease risk factors such as high blood pressure before suffering a stroke may directly impact that persons chance of a second stroke, or even dementia down the road. This is a very liberating find for many people, even so, given the unpredictable nature of strokes; it can be difficult for people to start being proactive about something that they don’t envision themselves experiencing. Many of the common risk factors now associated with a second stroke that can be influenced earlier in life may cause irreversible damage BEFORE the initial stroke, so taking these lifestyle changes into consideration to prevent a second stroke might be too late. According to the study; after a year of recovery, stroke survivors were found to be three times as likely as others to suffer a second throat and twice as likely to develop dementia. High blood pressure, diabetes, low levels of the good kind of cholesterol and smoking all accounted for an almost 40 percent risk of a second stroke and a 10 percent risk of dementia as a result of the stroke. After a person suffers a stroke, the medical focus normally turns to mitigating the impact of the stroke, and often the little, and simple things, like quitting smoking, eating healthy, and exercise get pushed to the background. By taking a holistic approach to recovery from a stroke, and a proactive one in your general lifestyle, you will find your chances of health complications significantly decrease.

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