Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain
is blocked, this deprives the brain of oxygen which it needs to
function. If oxygen deprivation lasts more than a few minutes, parts
of brain tissue die, resulting in permanent damage. Over 80% of all
strokes are caused by atherosclerosis,
which results in a gradual buildup of fatty plaques on artery walls.
The plaques narrow the arteries and can block them, also a blood clot
can become lodged in the blocked area of a blood vessel. A stroke can
also result if a blood vessel serving the brain ruptures, interrupting
the flow of blood. The risk of suffering a stroke is increased by
several factors. The two most common high risk factors are
atherosclerosis and high blood pressure,
which weakens the walls of the arteries. Hyperlipidemia also increases
the risk of strokes. Diabetes and smoking
also increase the chances of stroke as they both increase the risk of
high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Other serious problems that
add to the risk of stroke include an irregular heartbeat and/or a
damaged heart valve. These can cause disruptions in the flow of blood
in the heart’s chambers that lead to the formation of clots or even
bacterial growths that can break off and travel through the arteries,
and ultimately block the flow of blood to the brain. A recent heart
attack also increases the risk. Women who take oral contraceptives
are at higher risk of stroke than those who practice different methods
of birth control.
The affects of a stroke, will depend on whether the brain suffers permanent damage and, if it does, exactly
what region of the brain is damaged. If your brain is deprived of oxygen
even for a short time, you may experience any of the
following: confusion, temporary loss of speech, visual problems,
and tremors, but then return back to normal once the flow of blood to the brain is restored. This type of
problem is called a TIA or transient ischemic attack. Sometimes TIAs
can be an indicator of future problems, but not always; some people have them repeatedly without appearing to suffer any serious consequences. A
major stroke that causes brain damage can happen within minutes or
even seconds, or it may develop slowly over a period of hours or even a day or
more. The person may be left with impairment in bodily sensations, movement, vision, and/or speech. In one way, the slowly developing
type of stroke can be the more dangerous of the two, because
the person may not recognize it as an emergency right away, and delaying treatment can
be a very serious problem.
Symptoms of stroke usually include one or more of the following: a sudden, intense
headache; numbness, dizziness, weakness, and/or paralysis of the face, arm, or leg, often affecting only one side of the body; blurred vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes; difficulty swallowing; difficulty speaking or slurred speech; sudden confusion and/or difficulty understanding simple statements; and dizziness, unsteadiness, and loss of balance and coordination, possibly leading to a fall. It is possible for a person having a stroke to lose consciousness
Note over 33% of people who suffer strokes do not survive the attack. Another
33% are left with some degree of disability, and the remaining
people may recover completely. Quick treatment is the key to survival and recovery.
It is recommended to eat better, take nutritional supplements,
and reduce stress as preventative
measures to stroke.
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|helps in the
transporting of long chain fatty acids which
aides in prevention of stroke, heart disease, high blood
pressure, and other cardiovascular disease.
reducing blood pressure and also increasing blood
circulation as well as preventative aid on
general heart health. These fatty acids also have anti-oxidant
and anti-inflammatory properties.
|increases oxygenation to the heart and
been shown to prevent recurrences in people who
have had a heart attack.
|herb that helps both
the heart and
|herb from India that lowers cholesterol levels and
protects against the development of hardening of the arteries.
|low intake of magnesium has been linked to
high blood pressure and a good source of
magnesium is a quality
multi-vitamin and mineral supplement
especially one with calcium, zinc, and garlic.
|important for proper functioning of the
cardiac (heart) muscle and works with the mineral
|important amino acid for
aids blood flow to the brain
|vitamin C helps stroke
prevention, high blood pressure,
hypertension, heart, and cardio-vascular problems
by improving adrenal function. Can be taken in a
good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.
and Mineral supplement
|vitamin B complex,
inositol, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E all serve to
help reduce risk of stroke as well providing nutrients
needed for good general health.
|needed for electrolyte balance especially if
you take blood pressure medication.
|low intake of this mineral has been linked to
heart disease and cardiovascular problems a good
source for selenium is a natural multi-vitamin
with complete mineral
|garlic has been
shown to help lower high blood pressure and help
with other cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else