Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Saturday, October 15, 2016

4 Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk of Suffering a Stroke

This is totally pathetic for the NSA to consider this their highest aspiration. Fucking press releases.
4 Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk of Suffering a Stroke
We all know our brain is one of the most important organs in our body (it does control bodily functions and memory, after all), yet we rarely ever talk about how serious strokes can be. Maybe it’s because most of us don’t truly understand what these events actually are. Time for a primer.
According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke occurs when blood flow to one area of the brain gets cut off. This stops the flow of oxygen, leading to cell death. Depending on what part of the brain is affected, a person may lose control of certain muscles and may have difficulty remembering things. Because it’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., you should do everything you can to reduce your risk. Make sure to follow these five tips to lower your chances of having a stroke.

1. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake

According to an analysis, eating more fruits and vegetables has been linked to reducing the risk of stroke. The analysis included 20 different studies, which compiled data from over 700,000 people and close to 17,000 strokes. The article mentions that for every 200 grams of fruit eaten a day, the risk of stroke decreased by 32%. For every 200 grams of vegetables, it decreased by 11%. Findings were consistent for both men and women of various ages. In other words, eat up.

2. Avoid high-cholesterol foods

The National Stroke Association mentions having high cholesterol may contribute to stroke. When there’s a lot of fatty substances in the blood, it can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries. We often associate this with heart attack, but it may also lead to a stroke. To lower harmful fat substances in the blood, the American Heart Association says to avoid foods like full-fat dairy products, red meats, and foods high in saturated fat, which contribute to high cholesterol levels in the body. Genetics also play a large role, so be sure to discuss family history of high cholesterol with your doctor.

3. Lower your blood pressure

By lowering high blood pressure, you can reduce risk of stroke and other life-threatening issues like kidney failure and heart attack. According to the National Stroke Association, high blood pressure causes your heart to work harder to pump blood throughout your body. When this happens, major organs like the brain become damaged because of weakened blood vessels. If high blood pressure is not regulated, risk of stroke may increase by four to six times. A few ways to lower blood pressure include following a diet low in fat and sodium and limiting alcohol intake.
Your other best bet is exercise. Mayo Clinic says that regularly working up a sweat can provide health benefits by making the heart stronger. It may take up to three months for exercise to be effective, so it’s important to make it a regular habit. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, plus some strength training.

4. Say no to cigarettes

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says smoking can double chances of ischemic stroke and increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke by up to four times. This may be because smoking causes plaque buildup in the artery that delivers blood from the heart to the brain. If that flow gets cut off, you’re in major trouble. Even if you only occasionally smoke, it’s best to give up the habit entirely. And bonus, you’ll save some money.

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