Some people are unconscious. They are called silent lashes, and they may have no obvious symptoms, or you may not remember them. But they do permanent damage to your brain.
If you have had more than one stroke, you may have problems with thinking and memory. They can also lead to severe pain.
If you have a silent stroke, you probably will not know unless you have a brain scan and detection of damage. You may have minor memory problems or difficulty walking. The doctor may be able to detect the symptoms of a silent stroke without an examination.
Silent Strikes Often More Than You Expected
A study of middle-aged people with no symptoms of stroke found that about 10 percent had one mental illness.
The damage done is permanent, but treatment can help regenerate other parts of the brain to regain potentially weakened abilities.
Prevent lashes with good manners
Your chances of getting a stroke increase if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or abnormal heartbeat due to a condition called atrial fibrillation.
Changes in your lifestyle can help reduce your chances of having a stroke and heart attack. Make a plan to adopt these healthy habits:
Concentrate on your blood pressure, and control it when you are high.
Check your cholesterol.
Keep your blood sugar in check.
If you smoke, stop.
Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, and grains. Limit saturated fats (for example, found in red meat), salt, and sugar.
Although many studies say that diabetes puts you at risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure, a healthy lifestyle and insulin treatment can help keep your risk low.
What Is Stroke?
With a stroke, one of the many blood vessels that supply oxygen to your brain is damaged or blocked. If blood flow stops for more than 3 to 4 minutes, that part of your brain begins to die.
There are two types of stroke:
Bleeding strokes are caused by a broken artery.
Ischemic stroke is caused by a closed artery.
Diabetes can make it harder for your body to respond to a stroke. When oxygen is depleted, other arteries can often act as a conduit. But if you have diabetes, those vessels may be tightened or sealed, a condition is known as atherosclerosis. This makes it harder for blood to get to your brain.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. Other factors include smoking and high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
A stroke is an emergency whether you have diabetes or not. If you or anyone close to you has any of these symptoms, call 911 at once.
Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
Difficulty speaking or understanding simple words or sentences
Sudden vision or bad vision in one or both eyes
Dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of communication
One treatment for ischemic stroke is a clot-buster drug called tPA, which should be taken within the first 3 hours after the onset of symptoms of a stroke. It dissolves the clot that clogs the arteries and can restore blood flow to the brain tissue. But this drug is not for everyone with ischemic stroke, especially if you have had major surgery in the last 2 weeks or a recent headache.
Also, a few new and tested drugs may stop and slow down brain damage if taken immediately after a stroke.
How to Prevent Stroke
If you have diabetes and your doctor suspects that your arteries are tight, he may suggest changes in diet and lifestyle – and medication – to prevent the bloating that leads to stroke. Other ways to reduce the risk of stroke include:
Do not smoke.
Control your blood sugar levels.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Check your cholesterol (especially your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol,). The target should be an LDL level of less than 100 mg/dl. Your doctor may suggest changes in your diet to help reduce your weight.
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. The guidelines are no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
Check your blood pressure. Your doctor will tell you how to control it if it is high.
Take preventative medicine if your doctor prescribes it.
Take aspirin daily if prescribed by your doctor. Some people with diabetes can benefit from low doses of aspirin (81 mg – 325 mg per day) to prevent heart disease.