Are you looking for information about stroke treatment and stroke prevention? Are you looking for information about risk factors of stroke and how to reduce your risk factors of stroke? Then this article is for you. This article will provide a brief definition of a stroke and provide information about the most important risk factor for stroke, which is high blood pressure. This article will also provide information about stroke treatment and prevention
A cerebrovascular accident (CVA), commonly referred to as a stroke, is the rapidly developing loss of brain function(s) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to lack of blood flow, a hemorrhage or caused by a blockage. As a result of the brain not receiving proper blood supply, the affected area is not able to function, leading to inability to understand or formulate speech, inability to move one side of the body or one or more limbs or an inability to see one part of the visual field. There are various forms of stroke treatment including rehabilitation, physical therapy and more but this article will focus on stroke prevention as opposed to stroke treatment as well as answer questions about high blood pressure.
What is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood as it pushes against artery walls. When blood pressure is above normal levels it is referred to as hypertension. Stroke treatment or prevention measures are intended to help reduce high blood pressure and risk of stroke.
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure means that an individual’s heart is pumping harder than normal to move blood through the individual’s body. High blood pressure can damage major organs, such as the brain, as well as weaken blood vessels. If an individual with high blood pressure does not treat it, they are more likely to suffer a stroke.
An individual’s blood pressure will occasionally vary with stress or exercise but for people over the age of 18, an ideal blood pressure reading is 120/80 or lower. Individuals who have readings, which are higher than 120/80 are considered to have “pre-hypertension.” Individuals who suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure have more than twice the lifetime risk of suffering a stroke and requiring stroke treatment relative to individuals who consistently maintain an acceptable blood pressure.
Who Has High Blood Pressure?
According to the National Stroke Association, as many as 73 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure and over 30 percent of these individuals are unaware that they have high blood pressure.
How are Stroke and High Blood Pressure Related?
Doctors and nurses throughout the world have long called high blood pressure or hypertension the “silent killer” because individuals can have high blood pressure for years without ever showing symptoms. If high blood pressure is not treated in can lead to numerous life-threatening medical issues such as heart attack, stroke or kidney failure. Stroke treatment or prevention measures will help reduce an individual’s blood pressure and risk for stroke.
High blood pressure or hypertension is the most prevalent cause of stroke due to the unnecessary stress it puts on blood vessel walls, which causes them to thicken and deteriorate. This unnecessary stress and blood vessel deterioration can ultimately lead to stroke and accelerated risk of heart disease. Individuals who have suffered a stroke and are undergoing stroke treatment should work hard to reduce their blood pressure and ultimately their risk of recurrent stroke.
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