Early warning signs of a stroke are oftentimes missed due to the seemingly normal characteristics. Knowing what to look for can aid in successfully reducing a person’s risk of stroke as well as diagnose other diseases that may or may not be related to stroke. Educating oneself on the characteristics of any cardiac problem is crucial in management and prevention. Sudden weakness in the face, arm, or leg is a telltale sign there is a problem. Trouble speaking, loss of vision, and loss of coordination are also more obvious signs that need medical attention quickly. The term time is used a lot when describing the treatment of any signs of a mini stroke. Every second that a person undergoes major stress on any system of the body, blood flow to the brain is decreased or stopped thus causing damage.
Transient Ischemic Attacks or TIAs are what a doctor considers a mini stroke. These can occur up to months before a full-blown stroke occurs. The cause can be for many reasons including stress, poor diet, lack of exercise over a long period of time, and family history. The biological onset of cardiac problems occurs due to interruptions in the blood supply to the brain. Early warning signs of a stroke are sometimes hard to spot due to the seemingly normal ailments that correct themselves in a timely manner, thus not raising concern until a major event happens. Some of these characteristics include sudden loss of vision, memory loss, and weakness in a limb. When these signs of a mini stroke occur, calling for help is imperative. Calling 911 or going to the emergency room is the best way to treat these symptoms. Most major stroke victims admit to having had symptoms of a mini stroke and did not get treatment because they either didn’t realize what was happening or was too embarrassed to call for help in fear they were wrong about what was happening. It is better to be wrong than create the environment for worsening health. “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.” (2 Chronicles 16:12)
There are many factors that attribute to increased risk of any type of cardiac problems. Most are lifestyle choices such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle, stress, alcohol consumption, and obesity. In conjunction with these factors high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes can occur which further increases a person’s risk of experiencing early warning signs of a stroke. Though some of these factors may seem out of a person’s control when the alternative is a debilitated life, a person many find a certain motivation to change risky lifestyle behaviors. In addition to the above mentioned risks, the use of some medications including oral contraceptives increase the occurrence of signs of a mini stroke. Beyond these risk factors are some that cannot be changed. These include, age, sex, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Reducing risk can be as simple as starting to exercise. The value of exercise increases blood flow to the entire body thus lowering blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, and lowers stress even if no situations have changed. Even if a person does not have increased risk, regular visits to the doctor will help determine and early warning signs of a stroke. These visits can start with a general practitioner and progress to a cardiologist if the need arises. Be sure that the chosen general practitioner is educated in detecting anything suspicious. The older a person gets the higher the risk of encountering cardiac problems. This is due to the decreased pulse rate and weaker immune system, which creates the environment for infection and disease of any kind.
Reversing the effects of increased risk of experiencing cardiac conditions is a long process and should start with healthy diet. This includes the elimination of trans fats, refined sugar, and salt. Increased amounts of Omega-3 fatty acid, fiber, and a multivitamin create a great platform for a healthy diet. In addition to a regular healthy diet, the treatment of diabetes is crucial to overall health and the prevention. Concentrating a diet on fresh fruits and vegetables automatically eliminates the occurrence of salt and fat in the diet. This in itself can drastically change a person’s health. A professional nutritionist should carefully monitor drastic changes to any diet in order to monitor any health factors that may contribute to a person developing early warning signs of a stroke. Treating diabetes and diabetes related diseases and conditions is crucial the success of eliminating the risk of signs of a mini stroke. Stress is a contributing factor of many diseases, but particularly those related to cardiac problems.
Continued medical advances make treatment options easier and easier to obtain and use. While research scientists continue to learn more and more about the way the brain and blood flow to the entire body works more complex treatment options are available and consequently more effective than previous options. Complex testing and natural treatment are important in deciding the best treatment option whether early signs are apparent or not. High-tech testing includes CT scanning, MRI testing, and PET scanning. Testing for brain malfunction, blood flow problems, and even allergies can determine the best kind of treatment. Prevention of any type of disease is possible from birth with parents teaching responsible lifestyle habits.