The goal of stroke treatment is to minimize brain damage, limiting complications and preventing additional strokes. A stroke is defined as cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or “brain attack” that occurs when part of the brain loses it blood supply and part of the body that the blood – deprived stop functioning. To put it another way, stroke is a disorder of the brain that happens when the brain cells die as a result of inadequate oxygen.
If you experience on going disability because of your stroke, the functions that are affected may depend on the side of your brain where your stroke took place. A stroke on the right side of your brain tends to affect movements and sensation on the left side of the body. A stroke on the left side of your brain tends to affect the right side of your body and may also affect speech and language.
In this write-up we shall be treating, meaning of stroke, types, symptoms, people at the risk of stroke, how it can be prevented and STROKE TREATMENT.
I know what you’re thinking:
How will this article benefit me?
Here are what you will know:
- The meaning of stroke.
- Types of stroke.
- People at the risk of stroke.
- How you can identify stroke.
- Stroke signs or symptoms.
- How stroke can be prevented.
- Insomnia after stroke.
- How rehabilitation program can assist stroke patients and success factors in the rehabilitation of stroke sufferers.
- Some vitamins and minerals that can be of help to stroke patients and
- Stroke treatment.
Here are what I mean…
Types of Stroke
Types of stroke are:
(1) ISCHEMIC STROKE: part of the brain losses blood supply. It is responsible for 80 % of strokes.
(2) HEMORRHAGIC STROKE: bleeding occurs within the brain.
(3) TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC STROKE: there is interruption of blood supply to the brain for a short period of time. It symptoms are temporary and may lasts for maximum of 24 hours. If not treated stroke may occur in future. It is also known as mini stroke.
(4) CERVICAL ARTERY DISSECTION STROKE: it happens as a result of reduction in the supply of blood to the brain when the artery neck is torn.
Symptoms of Stroke
Stroke signs and symptoms are:
- Problem with speech and understanding.
- Trouble with seeing.
- Numbness of face or leg or part of the body.
- Trouble with walking.
- Lack of co – ordination and
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People At The Risk of Stroke
- People with high blood pressure
- People with high cholesterol
- People who suffers from diabetes
- People with atrial fibrillation (people with heart rhythm disturbances).
- Poor diet.
- Unhealthy weight (obesity)
- Consumption of alcohol and
- Use of drug such as cocaine.
How Can You Identify Stroke?
(1) Tell the person to repeat simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange? If YES, It is STROKE! If NO, it is not!
(2) Tell the person to raise both arms. If one arm drift down, it is STROKE!
(3) Face dropping: If the person tries to smile, one of the face must not drop.
(4) CALL FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, if otherwise occurs.
How Stroke Can Be Prevented
Stroke can be prevented by:
(a) Eating healthy diet.
(b) Maintaining healthy weight.
(c) Quitting smoking.
(d) Controlling of blood pressure.
(e) Avoiding of alcohol and
(f) Regular exercise.
INSOMNIA AFTER STROKE
Sleep is important for general health and well being, as well as for learning. For stroke survivors trying to relearn basic skills, adequate sleep is very essential because it is vital part of the stroke recovery process. But good sleep can be difficult for stroke patients.
A study published in May 2018 discovered that insomnia may be a long term side effect for stroke survivors, showing that treating insomnia in stroke rehabilitation may be a significant part of post – stroke rehabilitation. This study indicates why sleep disorders like insomnia in stroke rehabilitation practices is vital – something that doctors don’t do, according to experts.
It all boils down to this…
Rehabilitation is very vital in assisting stroke patients to regain lost skills, relearn task and work to be independent in life again. In most instances, there’s great potential for the brain to recover. With diligent rehabilitation, this prospect can even get brighter. Even if major neurological deficits do not improve as they learn ways to compensate for their problems.
Success Factors in The Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients are:
- The extent of the brain injury: the less severe the injury, the better chances of recovery.
- The stroke survivor attitude: is a determinant factor that can help the survivor in coping with difficult periods and focus on getting better.
- Support from family: family members can reassure the survivor that, they are needed and important to the family.
- Time of rehabilitation: it must start in earnest after the the occurrence of the stroke. Simple task like turning the survivor in bed and exercising paralyzed muscles should commence after stroke.
But how do you…?
Vitamins and Minerals
Some research suggest that vitamins and minerals can help you reduce risk and improve recovery which are:
- VITAMIN C : aid in repairing blood vessels damage and reducing plaque build up in the arteries.
- BETAINE : research shows that amino acid in betaine may lower homocysteine.
- MAGNESIUM : according to a study on hypertension, this mineral lowers blood pressure.
- VITAMIN E : help with memory impairment.
- VITAMIN D : low vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of artery – blocking strokes,especially in people with high blood pressure.
- OMEGA – 3 FATTY ACIDS: it improves cholesterol. Also one kind of Omega – 3 fatty acid, Alpha – lipoic acid (ALA) prevent damage of cell.
- FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B6 and VITAMIN B12 : in particular, B vitamins could help to lower levels of homocysteine. High homocysteine are linked with an in increased risk of stroke.
Let me tell YOU how…
Do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Use natural treatments as an adjunct treatment.
(1) ANTARIAS AFRICANA (Bark cloth tree, Upas tree in English; Oro, Akioro, Oriro, Abori kefun, Awase in Yoruba; Uduru in Idoma; Farin loko in Hausa; Ojianwu in Igbo) when this fruit is consumed regularly, it protect against brain damage and deformity that stroke can cause.
(2) TOMATO : it contains compound that prevent blood clotting that can result in stroke, if not controlled. Eat 3 to 4 fresh Tomatoes balls daily for trike treatment.
(3) CAYENNE PEPPER (Apoko eeke in Idoma; Ilufemi, Ata ijosin, Ijeye, Afriremon in Yoruba; Ose oyinbo in Igbo; Barkono in Hausa; Usira in Esan; Isie in Benin; Ugbapa in Tiv) Regular inclusion of Cayenne Pepper your diet will increase your metabolic rate and prevent harmful blockage of blood to prevent stroke and aid in stroke treatment.
(4) POMEGRANATE : Eating and drinking of Pomegranate fresh juice increases blood flow to the critical task related regions of the brain, cleanse the body and blood from toxins. This assist in stroke treatment.
(5) GOTU KOLA (Popularly known as Wonderful cola in Nigeria; Obi Awogba – Arun in Yoruba) It improves the circulation of blood. Eat 2 bites of Wonderful cola two times a day for stroke treatment.
(6) GINGER (Chitta in Hausa; Atale in Yoruba; Jinja in Urhobo & Igbo; Atale in Yoruba) prepare tea infusion of Ginger by putting half tablespoon of fresh Ginger in 250 ml cup of hot water. Mix it thoroughly, when it becomes cool, strain and drink. Do it two times a day for stroke treatment.
(7) GARLIC (Alubosa ayu in Yoruba; Ayuu, Ayo ishi in Igbo; Tafarnuwa in Hausa) It have the ability to prevent accumulation of fat on the artery wall. Chew 2 to 3 fresh Garlic pods two times per day for stroke treatment.
(8) FENUGREEK (Ewedu in Yoruba; Atsaka, Atiavi in Tiv; Idooma in Idoma; Hulba in Hausa; Kerenkeren, Ahenhea in Igbo) Fenugreek Leaves regulates cholesterol levels in the blood stream, hence reduce the risks of blood clots formation. Blend fresh fenugreek leaves in water. Drink 200 ml two times a day for stroke treatment.
(9) PASSION FLOWER : Boil Passion Flower leaves in water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink 150 ml two times a day for stroke treatment.
(10) ONION (Albasa in Hausa; Alubarha in Edo; Ayim in Efik; Alubosa in Yoruba; Alabusu in Tiv; Yabasi in Igbo) Due to it Sulphur compound, Chromium and Vitamin B6 found in onion. It prevent heart disease by reducing homocysteine levels that can result in heart attack and stroke. Include RAW ONION IN YOUR DIET for stroke treatment.
(11) UNRIPE PLANTAIN (Ogede agbagba dudu in Yoruba; Ayaba in Hausa; Jioko, Oji – oko in Igbo; Agbo ochi in Idoma; Konkomu in Tiv) It contains some amount of serotonin which dilates the arteries, improves blood flows and reduces homocysteine (a condition that causes coronary artery and stroke)
Add Roast Unripe Plantains or boiled unripe plantains to your diet for stroke treatment.
Avoid Unripe FRIED Plantains.
(12) UNRIPE CARICA PAPAYA (Pawpaw, Papaya in English; Ibepe dudu in Yoruba; Mpuer in Tiv; Gwanda in Hausa; Ideru in Idoma; Okpurukwa, Okwere, Okwuru bekoe, Ojo in Igbo) Eating and drinking of Unripe Pawpaw fruit juice, prevent oxidation of cholesterol that prevent it from clogging the blood vessels and reduces the risk of stroke.
(13) WATER LEAF (Alenyruwa in Hausa; Nte oka in Igbo; Efo Gbure, Gbure, Etibure in Yoruba; Ipi ape in Idoma; Ebe dondon in Edo) It gives room for blood circulation and prevent blood clots. Consume slightly boiled Water leaves in soup form to manage stroke OR: Obtain 1 or 2 handful(s) of sliced water leaf stems and tender leaves. Wash them thoroughly. Blend the into and add little water. Drink 250 ml of the green liquid within 10 minutes of preparation. Throw away the chaff. Do it once a day.
(14) UNRIPE PINEAPPLE (Akwu oyinbo in Igbo; Ogede oyinbo dudu in Yoruba; Mbuer u butter in Tiv; Aregede in Idoma; Abarba in Hausa; Edin ebo in Bini; Ode in Urhobo) is rich in digestive enzyme known as BROMLAIN that help to prevent and manage stroke. Include Unripe Pineapple in your diet.
(15) OBTAIN DRIED AVOCADO SEEDS (Koro Eso pia in Yoruba; Ube oyinbo, Ube beke in Igbo; Eban mbakara in Efik; Orumwu in Bini)
fresh GARLIC PODS (Alubosa ayu in Yoruba; Ayo ishi, Ayuu in Igbo; Tafarnuwa in Hausa)
one Rhizome of GINGER (Chitta in Hausa; Atale in Yoruba; Jinja in Urhobo & Igbo)
and 2 sizeable ONIONS (Yabasi in Igbo; Alubosa in Yoruba; Albasa in Hausa)
Grind them together and mix them with Organic Pure Honey (Zmanu in Igbo; Oyin igan, Oyin gidi in Yoruba; Dorawa in Hausa)
Take 2 tablespoons two times a day for stroke treatment.
(16) Fresh or shade leaves of Psidium Guajava (Ugwoba in Igbo; Igobe, Igueva in Urhobo; Gwaba in Hausa; Guava in English; Wiba in Efik; Gorofa in Yoruba)
Leafy Onions (Alubosa Elewe in Yoruba; Albasa Mai Lawashi in Hausa)
Fresh or shade dried leaves of Antarias Africana (Bark cloth, Upas tree in English; Oro, Akioro, Oriro, Abori kefun, Awase in Yoruba; Ojiawu in Igbo; Uduru in Idoma; Farin loko in Hausa)
and Xylopia Aethiopica (Eeru alamon in Yoruba; Kimba in Hausa; Uda in Igbo)
Put all the items mentioned above in a clay pot. Boil it for 15 to 20 minutes. Next do not boil it, just heat it untill you exhaust the decoction. Drink 200 ml three times a day for stroke treatment.
choosing healthy foods can help you control blood pressure, reduce body weight, reduce a person risk of having another stroke and may assist with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities. Fresh vegetables that provides array of vital nutrients and minerals, dietary fiber and antioxidants that supports a healthy system.
Again, stroke is diagnosed by the patients symptoms, history, blood and imaging tests. The prognosis and recovery by the sufferer of stroke depends upon the location of the injury to the brain. However, stroke rehabilitation is most successful when it is a team work. That is, the survivor and his or her family must work together with their medical doctor, nurse and other rehabilitation specialists.