Stroke is a serious medical condition, affecting millions of people every year. According to Dr G Prakash, Deputy CMO, Jindal Naturecure Institute, it is one of India’s leading causes of death with 1.8 million people suffering a stroke every year. It occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is reduced. Timely medical intervention is crucial to reduce brain damage and other complications.
You also need to be mindful of your lifestyle to prevent the risk of having a stroke. “Like close cousins, heart disease and stroke share a common lineage. Both emerge from a mix of nature (genes), nurture (upbringing and environment), and personal choice (smoking, exercise, etc). For most of us, the personal choice largely determines whether a stroke lies ahead,” Ayurvedic expert Dr Dixa Bhavsar said in an Instagram post.
“A healthy lifestyle can cut the risk of having one by 80 per cent. No drug, device, or other intervention can come close to doing that,” she said, sharing simple tips to protect yourself from a stroke.
Follow these tips to protect yourself from a stroke
*Control your blood pressure.
*Maintain healthy cholesterol.
*Limit alcohol consumption.
Dr Bhavsar, further, shared the meaning behind the acronym FAST developed by The National Stroke Association to learn the symptoms of stroke and help you decide if you or someone else is having one.
Face– Does one side of your face droop when smiling?
Arms– Lift both arms overhead, does one slide back down?
Speech– Is speech slurred or weird sounding?
Time– Is of the essence.
“If any of these signs are present, getting help within three hours can mean the difference between a full recovery and permanent disability or death,” she explained.