A study has found that people at high genetic risk of stroke can still reduce their chance of getting it by sticking to a healthy lifestyle. This includes quitting smoking and maintaining an ideal weight. The need of the hour is to raise awareness on the importance of adopting a balanced lifestyle right from a young age and for elders in the family to set precedence for kids on these lines.
This proves the age old Vedic expression that you can change your destiny and sanchit karmas by following a proper lifestyle.
The acronym FAST can be used to recognize the warning signs of stroke.
Face — Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms — Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech — Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Does he or she fail to repeat the sentence correctly? and
Time — If the answer to any of these questions is yes, time is important.
Neurological disorders are the most complex among all health problems. People should therefore exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, keep their sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol under control, and most importantly quit smoking and alcohol consumption.
Stroke is an emergency and getting timely help and treatment is extremely important. Hence, it is very important to act fast to identify these patients. Early treatment improves the chances of recovery.
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