What is a stroke?
When there is an interruption or reduction in the flow of blood to your brain, you may be having a stroke. What occurs here is that your brain now becomes deprived of nutrients as well as oxygen. This deficit in oxygen can cause brain cells to perish or just lie dormant.
There are two types of strokes.
This is caused by the rupture of a blood vessel. This leaks blood into the brain and accounts for almost 13% of strokes. However, hemorrhagic strokes account for more than 30% of all stroke related deaths.
Ischemic strokes account for approximately 87% of strokes. This may be due to a clogged artery. Arteries could be blocked by the build-up of plaque or by blood clots.
- In the U.S, approximately 130 000 people die each year due to strokes
- Strokes can affect you regardless of your gender, age or race and it may occur at any time.
- Statistics show that women are more prone to suffering from a stroke than men. The total shows that an estimated 55 000 more women suffer from strokes.
- There is a risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death as when a stroke occurs as almost 2 million brain cells die every minute.
There are various medical reasons as to why you could be at risk of having a stroke such as high blood pressure, cholesterol or heart disease. There are also various lifestyle risks associated with strokes, such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking or even having an unhealthy diet which leads to obesity.
Learn the signs of a stroke and remember to act accordingly by calling for emergency medical services. There is a basic test you can administer to recognize the signs of a stroke.
- Face: ask the person to smile and check if one side of their face is sagging.
- Arms: ask the person to raise both of their arms and check if one of their arms drifts downwards.
- Speech: Check to see if their speech is impaired or different by asking them to repeat a simple sentence.
- Time: Call emergency services if any of these signs are present.
H.O.P.E for strokes
While you may never know the total effects of a stroke until you have one, there are various post-stroke treatment options available; one such treatment is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Strokes can occur at any time and without any warning and because a stroke cuts off oxygen to the brain, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can help. It is a safe and non-invasive procedure. While undergoing HBOT you will be placed in a pressured chamber and inhale 100% pure oxygen. This increases the flow of blood to the various tissues at a cellular level within the body, including the brain, and could help you minimize your symptoms more effectively. The most convenient part of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is that it does not involve hospitalization and can be done without any major inconvenience to your daily schedule, accelerating your recovery and enabling you to perform your day to day routine independently.