A stroke, or also known as a cerebrovascular accident, is occuring when the blood supply and oxygen of an area of the brain is stopping for a certain period of time. This traumatic "shock" results in the death of the cells implicated due to lack of oxygen and essential nutrients needed for the good functioning of the brain. The blood vessels can be blocked by atherosclerosis, clotting, or hemorrhagia. The cerebrovascular accident is in a way similar to an heart attack, but at the difference during a stroke the brain cells are dying or more damaged.
Symptoms of a Cerebrovascuslar accident
The most common symptoms are: impaired memory, lost of attention and concentration, tingling, lack of feeling in limbs, feeling heaviness in limbs, lost of movement, dizziness, pressure on the 1 or 2 sides of the head, etc... Symptoms are often restricted only on one side of the body. It is the reason sometimes paralysis following a stroke is frequently right-sided or left-sided.
Injuries caused by a Cerebrovascular accident
Strokes can be so small that they are not feel or noticed by the person or they can be so severe they are fatal. Medically, it is sometimes difficult to evaluate the extent of the injury at the moment of the stroke occured. It is more following a long term then the specialist like a neurologist will be able to analyse the damage of the brain resulting of the stroke. Depending of the brain areas damaged by the stroke, a rehabilitation plan will be suggested to the patient and will be helpful specially if the person is needing physical or speech therapies.
Preventive Measures after a Cerebrovascular accident
Changing the diet and some habits of the person is often recommended. Like the management of main risk factors: high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, cholesterol level, reducing sodium intake, to stop cigarettes smoking.
The diet must be well equilibrated, specially with more intakes of B vitamins and vitamin C, because they are very important for the health of the blood vessels particuliarly. Vitamin E is an antioxidant preventing clots, by its specific action making the blood thinner and also in reducing the need in oxygen.
The choice of food must be done in function to reduce the overweight, the cholesterol level and the high blood pressure. Best choices can be: whole grains products, soya products less fat, fruits, vegetables and complete proteins.
If you wish to take some Nutritional Supplements:
- Vitamin B Complex, Choline, Inositol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Bioflavonoids, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Soya Protein, Lecithin and Omega-3.
* Start slowly: Step by Step and you will be on your way to Health again !! *