A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is reduced or interrupted, decreasing or stopping oxygen supply, causing brain cells to die. Symptomatic and silent are the two types of strokes. While symptomatic strokes, as the name suggests have identifiable symptoms, silent strokes are subtle, and neither the onset nor the side-effects are easily identifiable. In fact, most who have suffered a silent stroke will not even be aware that they have had a stroke till they have a brain scan as side-affects may be attributed to ageing.
Life after a stroke requires regular check-ups, neuromuscular rehabilitation, and mental health care. Also, in addition to movement, memory and speech being affected, those who have had a stroke are at risk of having another one. Risk factors for stroke include age, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, smoking, obesity, family history of strokes, and brain aneurysms.
If you suspect that you or your loved one are having or have had a stroke, get professional medical help immediately as every minute counts.
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