Silent Stroke 2

Certainly easier to deal with prevention than management of what is in effect irreparable damage.

Diagram showing blood vessels to the brain

Can you prevent silent strokes ?

Reduction of the chances of a silent of symptomatic stroke is both realistic and worthwhile.

Certainly easier to deal with prevention than management of what is in effect irreparable damage.

Stabilize and manage blood pressure to prevent silent strokes blood pressure raises your risk for having a silent stroke.

Exercise to prevent silent strokes. One 2011 study showed that 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week may reduce your chances of having a silent stroke by up to 40 percent. If you’re physically active, you’ll also have fewer stroke complications and better outcomes than if you’re sedentary. For those that won’t exercise a good walk has its benefits!

Reduce salt intake to prevent silent strokes. The American Stroke Association recommends reduced sodium intake to reduce blood pressure and risk for stroke. Up to 70 percent of your sodium intake is in frozen and prepackaged foods.

Manage your weight to prevent silent strokes A body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal although it is possible that fat distribution may be the more significant factor.

Lower your cholesterol levels to prevent silent strokes Current ‘guidelines’ indicate that total cholesterol should be lower than 200 mg/dL. Your HDL (good) cholesterol should ideally be 60 mg/dL or higher. Your LDL (bad) cholesterol should be under 100 mg/dL. Advice changes from time to time and an open mind is suggested.

Quit smoking to prevent silent strokes. If you smoke – quit., for the sake of yourself and those around you. Smoking is associated with an elevated risk for heart disease and stroke in both the smoker and from second hand smoke

Woman smoking

Avoid artificially sweetened soft drinks to prevent silent strokes.  Drinking artificially sweetened drinks may raise your risk for both dementia and stroke.

Diet and obesity . Weight reduction to prevent silent strokes

Overweight lady losing weight

Diabetes is a known risk factor of stroke.

Snoring linked to heart attack and and stroke

Increasing evidence suggests that snoring is part of the spectrum of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), from simple snoring on one end to obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome on the other. Snoring is not necessarily benign.

Several studies now confirm that “loud snorers are considerably more likely to develop stroke and heart disease compared to those who never or very rarely snore” and a strong relationship to the development of systemic hypertension.

Clearly if suspected, snoring and/or obstructive sleep apnea should be investigated.

Stroke’s link with depression

Major depression is a risk factor and also a consequence of silent brain infarction (SBI). Persons who present with symptoms of presenile and senile major depression showed a markedly higher incidence of SBI (65.9% and 93.7%).

Individuals with major depression who have had an SBI present with more marked neurological deficits and more severe depressive symptoms than do those without SBI

Stroke and obstructive sleep apnea.

MRI Studies have shown that ‘silent brain infarct’ may occur in up to 25% of patients with moderate to severe OSA.

These patients didn’t know that they’d had a stroke.

In 51 of 56 stroke patients evaluated, OSA was present (91 %) and of these 51 patients, 29 % had severe OSA and 30 %, moderate OSA. 58 % of patients who had suffered an unknown clinically silent infarct were found to have severe OSA.

OSA remains a poorly screened and diagnosed disease of epidemic proportions.

Stroke and antioxidants

Antioxidants are believed to reduce cell damage within the body by countering the potentially dangerous effects of free radicals produced when the body processes oxygen.

Antioxidants are potentially a promising treatment for strokes because they can be given after a stroke occurs to help reduce cell damage.

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