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Although stroke is one of the leading causes of death globally, many people remain unaware of the signs and symptoms to look out for, therefore putting their health at risk.
What is stroke?
A stroke occurs when an artery or blood vessel becomes blocked, restricting blood flow to the brain. This leads to brain cell death, and, subsequently, brain damage.
How a person is affected by stroke depends on where in thebrain the stroke occurs and how much of the brain is disturbed. Many stroke patients experience impaired speech, movement and memory. In severe cases, patients may suffer paralysis or even death.
Types of stroke -
ischemic stroke - This occurs when the arteries are blocked by blood clots or a gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits.
hemorrhagic stroke - Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain splits, leaking blood into the brain.
The risk factors
Many of risk factors for stroke are out of our control.
Family History of stroke or Transient Ischemic attack