PREVENT STROKE – ONE OF GHANA’S BIGGEST KILLERS AND LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY.
1 in 6 people will have a stroke – behind these numbers are real lives. Strokes can happen to anyone so it is important to know your stroke risk.
Stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly disrupted. Blood is carried to the brain by blood vessels called arteries.
Blood may stop moving through the artery because the artery is blocked by a clot or plaque or because the artery breaks or burst. When blood stops flowing, the brain does not get the oxygen it needs, and so brain cells in the area affected die, and permanent damage can be done.
Some strokes are fatal while others cause permanent or temporary disability. It is important to understand that stroke can be prevented.
Know the signs of stroke and your personal risk factors
1. Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol.
2. Be physically active and exercise regularly.
3. Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet.
4. Limit alcohol consumption
5. Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now.
Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action