Dr Oz did a show called “What’s Your Risk: Stroke” and spoke about how to prevent a stroke. Do you know your risk of having a Stroke? A Stroke can cause all kinds of medical problems including the loss of your ability to walk or talk, and women are at a greater risk for having Strokes than men. But Doctor Oz said that we have the power to prevent Strokes, which is why he came up with 5 steps to stop a Stroke before it strikes.
Dr Oz said that in the time it takes you to count to 15, you can have a Stroke, which is called a Cerebrovascular Attack. Your blood supply stops going to the brain. One type of stroke, called an Ischemic Stroke, is the most common and is caused by fat building up in your blood vessels, which eventually cuts off your blood supply to your brain. When this happens, within 3 minutes your brain cells start to die and this can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. Dr Oz said women 45 to 54 years old are twice as likely to have a stroke as a man, and women have a higher chance of dying from a Stroke.
Dr Oz showed how a Stroke can know out different parts of a person’s brain, and depending on the area of the brain, the person can have different symptoms. Here are some typical stroke symptoms:
Typical Stroke Symptoms:
1. Speech and Language – which effects how you hear words and can respond to them.
2. Movement Ability – which effects your ability to move your body parts.
3. Memory & Emotions – you may feel emotionally disconnected, but not even know why.
Another type of stroke is called a Hemorrhagic Stroke, where your arteries leaving your heart get very tight, which increases your blood pressure, and can lead to blood vessels exploding – causing you to have a Hemorrhagic Stroke. Dr Oz brought two top Stroke experts on his show: Dr Ralph Sacco and Dr Carolyn Brockington. Dr Sacco said that Strokes are happening more and more to women between 45 and 54 years of age, which is quite possibly linked to Obesity, Diabetes, poor diet, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
Dr Oz: Risks for Stroke:
#1 Risk for Stroke: High Blood Pressure
Stroke Risk Factor #2: Diabetes
Stroke Risk Factor #3: Migraines
Number 3 really shocked me… I had no idea that if you have Migraine Headaches, then you have an increased risk for having a stroke. This is especially the case if your migraines come with visual signals.
Dr Oz: Common Stroke Symptoms
1. Sudden intense pain or the worse headache of your life. This could be a sign of hemorrhaging and you should get to the hospital immediately.
2. Vision changes. Dr Oz said you could get double vision or it could look like a blind was pulled down over half of your viewing area.
3. Numbness or heaviness on one side of your body. Dr Oz said people often explain this as feeling like one side of their body is not a part of them anymore, or one side of the body feels heavier, dull or like you are dragging it along.
4. Speaking and slurred speech. Dr Oz said that people have gone through a stroke and went to take a nap. Carolyn Brockington said its crucial to identify your own risks and go to the hospital right away if you have symptoms, because you only have 4.5 hours.
Dr Oz: Womens Stroke Symptoms
Women seem to have different Stroke symptoms than men do. For example, women have atypical symptoms like a dull sensation, lethargy or a headache. Dr Oz said that womens stroke symptoms often include confusion, face and limb pain, nausea or weakness.