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Stroke happens when Blood flow to the Brain is cut off. Can either bursting of blood vessels or blockage of vessels

About 6.5 Million people die from Stroke each year, About 6% of these deaths are aged 15- 49
Why do people have Stroke ?

There are risk factors for Stroke, Some we can change some we cannot change

Those we can change
Use of hard drugs
High blood fats
Sedentary lifestyle
Some organ diseases
Oral contraceptive pills
Those you cannot change

Being a Male
Family history of stroke
A previous stroke
Some inheritable causes
Symptoms of a stroke

Symptoms depend on part of the brain affected.

Common ones are:
Speech problem
Difficulty moving a part of the body
Deviation of Mouth
Movement problem
Problem swallowing
One of the reason there are increased death in stroke patients include Late presentation.

If you notice any of this, Rush to a Hospital.
Presenting within 3 to 4 hours after a stroke can help save a large part of the Brain

ACT FAST (See picture)
What could happen If stroke patients don’t get care?

-They could die
-Food can get into the chest causing a terrible chest infection that can kill them
-They could have seizures
-They can have depression and psychiatric problem
-Can have memory problems
-Can have another stroke
How do I reduce my chances of a stroke

-Check your blood pressure
-Avoid smoking and alcohol
-Cut away hard drugs
-Eat healthy
-If you have Hypertension or Diabetes use your medication
-Ensure routine health checks

The word Partial stroke is a misnomer for a condition called TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK.
Some people notice a side of their body was weak for few hours or speech changed then later get Better.

Don't ignore

This is a red flag and should go to a Hospital. A TIA (so called partial stroke) is just telling you, Be careful you are about to have a stroke


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