THE BASICS OF STROKE KNOWLEDGE

If you are reading this – Thank you!!!

It shows that you are interested in one of the most important topics of our time: Stroke.

One in four adult people (not kidding 😳) will have a stroke in their lifetime. Like 25% of humanity. Take a minute and think about that. 

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Unfortunately, mostly we just don’t know enough about it aside of “Something with the brain”. But we’ll change that here quickly.
But first things first. The 2 most important ones:

⏱ STROKE: EVERY MINUTE... OR EVEN SECOND COUNTS !!! 🚑

Know how to recognize a stroke (below)! And when you suspect someone having a stroke – GO TO HOSPITAL! IMMEDIATELY!

❤️‍🩹 STROKE IS TREATABLE!

So many still believe that a stroke is something you can’t really do anything about – but that’s just not true. Act fast, and change the outcome.
Acute treatment can be expensive – but not treating it will cost more over time.

What is a "stroke"?

When a stroke happens, part of the brain loses its blood supply. This damages the brain! There are two main types of strokes: “Ischemic/ clot” and “hemorrhagic = that means bleeding”. Both types can have the same symptoms, but treatment will be different. 

Types of stroke
Image by Stroke Association UK

The best stroke is the one that never happens.

Preventing a stroke is easy in theory (harder in reality), you just have to lower your Risk Factors:

– ➡️ High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

– ➡️ Lack of exercise

– ➡️ Obesity

– ➡️ Smoking

– ➡️ Bad eating habits

– ➡️ Alcohol

Reduce these, and you will less likely get a stroke. Simple as that.
💊 Take your blood pressure pills. 🏋️‍♀️ Work out. If you’re fat: 🤐 Eat less. ❌🚬 Don’t smoke. Don’t eat too much refined stuff, 🍬 sugar and salt. More fresh food, 🍆 vegetables and 🍑 fruit. 🏃‍♀️ Move 🚴‍♀️ Don’t drink too much ❌🍻 alcohol, drink more 💧 water.

(We know it’s a bit harder than it sounds – but it’s worth working on these. By the way: This is exactly the way to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, too)

There are some more Risk Factors, but those are harder to control. (Check the “… read more” section!)

Let’s welcome the acronym BE-FAST.
What we need here are the frist three letters:

B  ➡️  Balance

E  ➡️  Eye-Movement

F  ➡️  Face

A  ➡️  Arm

S  ➡️  Speech

 

For 🥴 face and 💪 arm: If one side is suddenly going wrong, it’s a probably a stroke.
The “hanging half face” is the classic symptom of a stroke, as is the sudden weakness of only one arm without any other visible reason.

If the 🤬 voice is suddenly unclear and mumby, or someone is talking clear but nonsense, that’s possibly a stroke.

 

Remember FAST?
Now we’re at the missing letter T:

T  ➡️  Time. “Time is money” they say. Or in our case: ⏱ Time is 🧠 Brain.

Call an 🚑 Ambulance. Immediately. Now! The clock is ⏱ ticking.

The good news is: A stroke is treatable. The best 🏥 acute treatments are called “Thrombolysis” and “Thrombectomy”- but both are only possible in the first few hours after a stroke. (That’s why you have to be so fast). 
And Thrombolysis is easily applicable 💉 (it’s only an infusion, no operation needed) – the only thing is: It can be expensive. But the outcome of an untreated stroke (lifelong care) is higher. Trust us.

And even if you are not “fast” enough to reach a hospital within the first few hours after a stroke – it is still sooo important to go to hospital, because they will prevent you from further damage!

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…yes, we know that this article is for everyone – if you feel, you need more detailed information (maybe you work in stroke care or are a healthcare professional in Nepal or anywhere else) we will share some advanced material very soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter or contact us!

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