What is a stroke?
Stroke is a condition that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.
There are two types of strokes:
Stroke can be caused either by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). A (transient ischemic attack), or “mini stroke”, is caused by a temporary clot.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Stroke symptoms may occur alone or in combination and may last a few minutes or several hours.
Some of the symptoms are as follows:
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, usually on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking or understanding language
- Decreased or blurred vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden, severe headache
- Unexplained loss of balance or dizziness
What are the causes?
- Age - as a person ages, the chance of stroke increases.
- Gender - men are more likely than women to experience a stroke.
- Weight - Being overweight predisposes you to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, all of which increase stroke risk. If you are overweight, modify your diet and limit your intake of fatty foods.
- Diabetes - makes people susceptible to cardiovascular diseases, which can result in stroke. If you have diabetes, keep it well controlled.
- High blood pressure (hypertension) - this is the most dominant stroke risk factor and the easiest to modify. Check your blood pressure regularly and keep it under control.
- Heart disease - heart conditions, especially atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart beat), increase stroke risk. Certain medications may decrease the risk if taken regularly.
Holistic Stroke Recovery
Natural remedies for stroke recovery offer a gentle way to heal the body without the potential harsh side effects of pharmaceuticals. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) focuses on non-traditional treatments, such as Ozone therapy, oral nutritional and IV nutritional therapies, which are used in conjunction with conventional methods.