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
  • Hypertension
  • Atherosclerosis

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.