Treating a Stroke

 

TREATING A STROKE

 

Treating a stroke quickly is so necessary, because the blood flow to the brain is so important. There are a number of reasons why one might experience a stroke. It could be the result of peripheral artery disease.Those with atrial fibrillation are a prime candidate.

Treatment naturally includes restoring the flow of blood. The most available immediate treatment would be using aspirin. Aspirin is known to have the ability to attack the clot and perhaps improve the flow of blood. Other treatments, within three hours would be the use of heparin, or tissue plasminogen activators. It would be appropriate to carry aspirin at all times that would be useful in treating a stroke.

Other procedures in severe cases would be surgical that when performed can open up or widen the affected arteries. This often involves the removal of plaque and the widening of the carotid artery. Other possibilities are the insertion of a balloon (angioplasty) to hold open the artery accompanied by a stent.

 

 

PREVENTION

 

Perhaps the most important action one can take is to take action after there has been evidence of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke.

As one would suspect, preventing a stroke is largely dependent upon one’s lifestyle. Prevention is not much difference from what action one should take for heart health.

– know what your blood pressure is and keep it under control

– know what your cholesterol level is and lower it should it be too high

– adhere to a healthy diet

– be aware of diabetes symptoms and treat them properly

– eliminate the use of drugs and if necessary, stop smoking

– even moderate aerobic fitness can reduce the risk of stroke

– moderate any issues of high stress

Perhaps one of the most important actions one can take is to consume some form of supplements or medications known to aid in the prevention of blood clots. As previously mentioned taking aspirin (81mg) is a widely accepted regimen, although one may experience stomach problems if consumed over a long period of time. Natto-kinase is known to condition the blood to reduce the clot potential and has no known side effects.

Others, with a severe clotting issue may need to resort to preventive medications such as anti-platelet and anticoagulant drugs such as coumadin to prevent clotting.

Should you feel you need a more in-depth review, proceed to the ….U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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