#WorldStrokeDay

When you look up the word #Stroke in the Dictionary … the medical definition that pops up, reads a little something like this…

“2 STROKE noun
medical : a serious illness caused when a blood vessel in your brain suddenly breaks or is blocked”

When you break it down… This brain attack, as some call it, basically happens when brain tissues die due to blood supply to the brain either being blocked or a blood vessel in the brain rupturing.

Y, Did you know… #Strokes don’t discriminate, they can happen to anyone at any age!

Today is #WorldStrokeDay — this day of awareness was created back in 2006 to help promote the warning signs of stroke and the importance of taking immediate action if you even think you or someone around you may be suffering from stroke symptoms. This is quite the frightening experience, on January 3rd, 1997- when I was just 9 Years old my Granny had a #Stroke during our Christmas Holiday Vacation. That experience happened 17 Years ago and I can still remember how terrifying it was- she was in the bathroom and all of a sudden her curling iron fell from her hands (in slow motion, like you see in the movies) and she was frozen in time… lost her ability to speak and coordinate, having to be re-taught everything she once knew to be her truth, she was only 63 years old… Thank Heaven she made a remarkable recovery and through healing powers greater than those we can see, she was able to regain her speech, mobility and coordination!

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But many a times warning signs of strokes can be missed… A #Stroke can often start with a sudden random feeling of numbness or weakness on one side of the body, these can sometimes be visible with paralysis of the face and body, but there are other warning signs of #Stroke, such as: Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding; Others suffer from trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and there are also cases where difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or loss of coordination all culminate to the perfect recipe for #Stroke.

Did you know… Around the world 3.2 million women die of strokes every year according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and more than 75,000 of those women are right here in the United States. Strokes can not only kill you, but this blood clotting repercussion leaves thousands of women suffering from long-term disabilities… In fact, according to the World Health Organization, every 2 seconds someone in the world suffers a stroke.

Here are 6 steps The CDC says you can take to reduce the risk and the danger of stroke:
“1. Know your family history and personal risk factors, such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and high blood cholesterol. Knowing one’s family history can help you start prevention early in life.
2. Be physically active and exercise regularly.
3. Maintain a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables, and low in salt to stay healthy and keep blood pressure low.
4. Limit alcohol consumption.
5. Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now.
6. Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke.”

For more Info visit The CDC: http://blogs.cdc.gov/global/2014/10/27/october-29-is-world-stroke-day/