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10 ways to prevent cerebral embolism

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An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain is blocked. This reduces the oxygen and nutrient supply to the brain and results in tissue damage. Ischemic strokes are divided into two classes: thrombotic strokes and embolic strokes (also known as cerebral embolism). Medical literature reports that cerebral embolism accounts for approximately 20% of ischemic strokes. In cerebral embolism, the blood flow is blocked due to an embolus (blood clot, fat material or air bubble), which is transported through the bloodstream from a part of the body to an artery in the brain. Cerebral embolism is a serious life-threatening disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that stroke is the leading cause of disability and the second leading cause of death worldwide. According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S.A alone, 140,000 people die each year as the result of a stroke; this is 1 out of every 20 deaths. Unfortunately, it is a very common condition, so it is crucial to know the best ways to prevent it. Therefore, we present 10 ways to reduce your chances of suffering a cerebral embolism. They include 5 lifestyle changes and 5 diseases that require…

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Signs and symptoms of cerebral embolism – Act FAST

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A cerebral embolism (also known as embolic stroke) is a class of ischemic stroke. It occurs when a particle from a part of the body, usually the heart, travels through the bloodstream to the brain and blocks the blood flow within an artery of the brain. This travelling particle is called an “embolus” and can be a blood clot or other substance, such as fatty material. Therefore, the main damage associated with a cerebral embolism is caused by the lack of oxygen and nutrient supply to parts of the brain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, stroke is one of the top ten causes of death. In 2015 it caused 6.2 million deaths and, together with ischemic heart disease, has been the leading cause of death worldwide for the last 15 years. In addition, stroke is a major cause of disability and many people who survive a stroke need other people’s help to survive. For these reasons, it is essential to detect the symptoms early and start the treatment as soon as possible. The main symptoms of a cerebral embolism are weakness, paralysis or numbness of the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body….

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Avoiding another stroke: Exercising

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Exercising is not only one of the keys to healthy life; it also helps prevent heart disease and lowers stroke risks. Indeed, inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease and it can also lead to high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Exercising 30 to 40 minutes at least 3 to 4 times a week reduces blood pressure, raises “good cholesterol” and helps regulate insulin requirements. Bring physical activity into your daily life! Daily physical activity does not require a lot of time, but it benefits your body a lot. It does not mean you have to undergo intensive tough fitness programs but only get used to introducing soft activities in your daily life: chance is, you will not even notice you are exercising!Why not start by exercising at home? It allows your children to see you being active, which sets a good example for them. The best part is that you can combine exercise with other activities.

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Prevention of Stroke

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Stroke is an epidemic that is not usually given the press that heart disease and cancer usually get. Yet strokes kill millions of people every year worldwide. The American Heart Association does have a stroke prevention site, because stroke and heart disease are often found together. However, the push for the public to understand stroke symptoms and to get help immediately isn’t as publicized as the need for CPR and defibrillators. Some work places now have informational posters warning about the signs of a stroke, but stroke prevention and recognition is poorly understood. Symptoms are not the only issues that leave the public in the dark. How to prevent strokes is also not very well known. Everyone seems to know that they need to “take care of themselves” and “lead a healthy lifestyle,” but what do these concepts really mean in terms of stroke prevention? While it is true that the preventative measures between heart disease and stroke are similar, they are not exactly the same. In addition, it doesn’t hurt to follow the regulations for both conditions because they are very often seen together. If you want to lower your risk of stroke, you may want to take a…

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Invisible disabilities: Dealing with the Non Physical Problems following a Stroke

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Everyone is familiar with the physical problems that follow a stroke. They are used to paralyzed arms, facial drooping, and difficulty walking. However, other parts of the brain may be affected that create disabilities that are no so readily noticeable. Physical problems are often easier to deal with and rehabilitate because they are obvious, but there are ways to treat the invisible signs, too. Some patients may have only invisible signs, and you don’t realize there is a problem. This is when you and your neurologists have to fully test a patient to determine if they have these hidden signs. Aphasia Aphasia is usually recognizable because it affects the way your loved one is able to communicate. It can affect both verbal communication and reading. Some stroke survivors with aphasia talk in truncated sentences or even make up words. You may see them searching for the right word and that can lead to frustration. In addition, aphasia makes understanding conversations difficult, and this can lead to a sense of isolation for the survivor. Apraxia Apraxia is another disability that may be easier to see because it affects how the stroke survivor coordinates their movements. Although they may not have any…

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Why Do Second Strokes Happen?

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One stroke is a difficult occurrence to face, but many stroke survivors find that they end up having secondary strokes. Often, these strokes are more severe and can take more functioning away. Fortunately, you can prevent a secondary stroke by following the orders that your doctor has given you. If you ignore healthy suggestions, then the possibility of a secondary stroke is very high. Usually, it is unhealthy living that leads to a stroke in the first place, and by learning how to take care of yourself better, you can prevent further damage. If you’ve had an ischemic stroke, or a stroke caused by a clot, you are more likely to have a secondary stroke. Those who have had hemorrhagic strokes are not as at risk because a bleed in the brain is not likely to happen again. However, ignoring your blood pressure can lead to small bleeds in the brain that can lead to secondary strokes. You should be concerned about secondary strokes because they are so common. Take the time to talk to your doctor about the rate of secondary strokes and what actions you can take to prevent them. Failure to Control Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Blood…

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