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1, Oct 2, 2011

Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Stroke and Its Dire Consequence

Filed under: Brain — admin @ 12:13 am

Last week I learned a man of our generation was struck down by a stroke before he turned 50, which was followed by a few minor ones. He is now bedridden, tube-fed, and is told his days are numbered. His wife is going through chemotherapy for cancer disease. We were asked for donations to help them out.

The news left me feeling sad and low-spirited as the man who has worked hard all his life seems to be leaving before he even hits retirement age. Moreover, I searched the internet for information on stroke as if I had not learned anything about it at all.

I learned from Mayo clinic that “A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a medical emergency. Prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications. The good news is that strokes can be treated and prevented, and many fewer Americans now die of stroke than was the case even 15 years ago. Better control of major stroke risk factors — high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol — is likely responsible for the decline.”

I try to learn a lesson from this incident and avoid stroke by eliminating the risk factors for it.

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