Surviving heart disease and stroke go hand in hand. This because as heart disease advances, it can actually be the cause of a stroke. Although a stroke, referred to as a brain attack,  begins in the narrowing vessels and arterial walls of the heart.  Unlike heart disease and women, strokes affect men on a more frequent basis, however, the numbers are beginning to even out.…ttacks-and-women/, People can have a stroke that is ‘non disabling” and have no outward signs of a stroke. Some think that they are having a migraine headache when in fact they are having small stokes. This is probably the most dangerous stroke because it is easier to ignore and can lead to a bigger stroke occurring in the future.

Heart Disease & Stoke’s Common Causes 

Atherosclerosis A degenerative disease caused by high cholesterol levels in the blood, It causes a buildup of fatty plaque inside the arterial walls preventing blood flow to the brain. Blood Clot Stroke can also be caused by a blood clot, from any part of your body, that travels to the brain. This clot then blocks or causes a decreased blood flow through major arteries. Plaque As the arteries and vessels become clogged with plaque they become narrowed and will not let blood to flow to the brain, robbing it of vital oxygen and nutrients. Aneurysm  A weakening of the arterial wall that eventually rupture and begins to bleed within the cavity.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke 

Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are major contributors to having a stroke. Especially if they remain uncontrolled. Talking to your doctor about a good diet and exercise programs are of benefit to getting these conditions under control and getting a head start on a Cardiac Rehab program could be an option.

Most doctors agree that cigarette smoking is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke along with consuming large amounts of alcohol regularly.

Doctors believe that being a male increases the odds of having a stroke, along with having darker coloured skin.


Types of Strokes

Strokes caused by a blocked artery or a blood clot that started in another part of the body and is an ischemic stroke. Another type of stroke is ta hemorrhagic stroke. This is a more intense major stroke caused from leaking or bursting of a blood vessel is known as .

Transient ischemic attack referred to a (TIA) thought to be a mini stroke with a temporary blockage of the blood vessel that resolves itself, usually within 24 hours. If this attack lasts more than 24 hours but less than 72 hours and is a reversible ischemic neurological deficit (RIND).Heart disease and stroke is important to your recoveryThe hemorrhagic stroke is a major stroke that is less common and caused by a bleed to the brain. Only about 20% of all strokes are hemorrhagic where an  aneurysm or a blood vessel ruptures in the brain. This type of stroke causes and build up of pressure on the brain and has a warning of neck and shoulder pain along with numbness and can leave you in a coma with paralysis or cause death.


Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease That Can Lead to Stoke Symptoms

Heart disease can lead to stroke symptoms will vary depending on which part of the brain is involved. A stroke can affect your vision. It makes it difficult to see, along with loss of muscles of the face and  one or both armsSpeech can be slurred, leaving a person with numbness, confusion and lack of co-ordination. Sudden headache can occur and although rare, a loss of consciousness.

Symptoms vary from person to person. Some people recall, after a stroke, that their symptoms started 7 days before the event, but for most they will usually come on suddenly.

To help recognize the onset of a stroke, remember the F.A.S.T. acronym.

Face: If the person can smile, check if one side of their face droops.

Arms: Can the person raise both arms, check if either of their arms drift down.

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase and check if their speech is slurry or strange.

Time: Every minute counts. If you see even one of these signs, call an ambulance immediately. Moreover, some treatments for stroke work only if administered within 3 to 4 hours of the onset of symptoms.

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If you think you or a loved one could be having a stoke, call for help immediately. Doctors say that your ability to fully recover is determined by getting medical attention within the first 3 to 4 hours.

Do not waste time

Call 911, unlock you door if you can. Sitting on the floor, while waiting for paramedics to arrive. This will  prevent you from causing further damage if you do pass out. Let the medics do their job and access your situation. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Your life could be at risk.


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