A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the rapid loss of brain function(s) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) caused by blockage (thrombosis, arterial embolism), or a hemorrhage (leakage of blood).As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function, which might result in an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see one side of the visual field.
There are many causes of stroke, previously it was even mentioned that sleep deprivation could cause stroke.
Contrary to the common perception, stroke is more vulnerable to attack women than men. The National Stroke Association suggests that the cause of death of stroke are twice more than breast cancer.
The Hazel K Goddess Fund, a social agency that focus on the study of stroke says calls a stroke as a silent killer in women.
Compared to men, the symptoms of stroke in women usually seems to appear suddenly: chest pain, facial and limb pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, excessive fatigue, nausea and hiccups.
About 40 percent of women that were surveyed said that they did not pay attention to symptoms of stroke that started to attack. Many cases are detected in the chronic level because women are generally unaware and unconcerned with the risk of stroke.
There are a number of factors that increase the risk of stroke in women. Starting from the consumption of certain drugs, pregnancy, menopause hormone therapy, as well as high levels of triglycerides and abdominal fat.
According to Fox News, physician Michael Smith, said that women with abdominal fat accumulation and high triglycerides have a risk of stroke five times greater than women who have normal lipid levels.
Those most at risk are women who have entered their menopause phase. Reduced hormone related to menopause results in loss of natural protection of the cardiovascular system.
“During menopause, blood pressure and cholesterol levels typically increase at a faster rate, which then increases the risk of stroke,” said January Flewelling, stroke specialist of the Methodist Neurological Institute.
Understanding mnemonic F.A.S.T. is important to help the early diagnosis. This is a simple test where the doctor will ask the patient to smile in order to see face proportionality. Whether there is one side of the face lower than the other.
Next, the doctors will ask patient to raise both hands to check if one arm is lower than the others. Third, the doctor will ask the patient to say something to see the perfection of speech.
Many doctors think the symptoms that appears are only stress or panic attacks. So that the handling of stroke is not late, do not hesitate to ask for a thorough cardiovascular tests if you often experience these symptoms.
A stroke is a medical emergency and can cause permanent neurological damage, complications, and death. It is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States and Europe and the second leading cause of death worldwide.Risk factors for stroke include old age, hypertension (high blood pressure), previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), diabetes, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking and atrial fibrillation.High blood pressure is the most important modifiable risk factor of stroke. Besides that, there other unique causes of stroke, it was previously known that soda may trigger stroke. For smokers, it was also known that menthol cigarette smokers are more at risk of stroke.Tagged with: stroke, stroke symptoms, symptoms of stroke, symptoms of stroke in women, women stroke symptoms,