What is a stroke? What are the types of strokes you can have?
A stroke occurs when normal blood flow to the brain is disrupted and causes the brain to lack a proper supply of oxygen. The types of strokes a patient can experience are:
- Ischemic: The most common type of stroke which occurs when blood flow to the brain is majorly reduced due to clogged or blocked vessels.
- Transient Ischemic: A transient ischemic attack or “mini-stroke,” occurs when the brain temporarily loses its supply of oxygen or blood.
- Hemorrhagic: This type of stroke is characterized by ruptures or leaks in blood vessels due to hypertension and clogged blood vessels.
How does obesity increase the risk of having a stroke?
Obesity causes an increase in the blockage of major blood vessels which progressively works to cut off blood supply to organs and various regions of the body.
How does a stroke affect the body?
A stroke can cause temporary or permanent damage to the body. Symptoms of a stroke include:
- Abnormal brain functions resulting in memory loss or thinking difficulty
- A loss of mobility either partially or fully
- Difficulty in swallowing or speaking
- Emotional trauma
- Severe pain
Can the effects of a stroke be reversed?
The effects of a stroke can be treated in most cases through urgent medical attention by a qualified professional and through certain medication.
How can you reduce the risk of a getting a stroke with treatment or by managing your obesity?
Strokes are preventable through:
- The practice of healthy eating to promote weight loss.
- Adherence to a moderate exercise routine which will also encourage weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.