causes of stroke

Causes of Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of death worldwide. Strokes occur when an artery (carries oxygen and nutrients) that supplies blood to the brain leaks, bursts, or is blocked by a blood clot. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to damaged or die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost. The effects of a stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done. 

Top 10 Causes of Stroke

1. High blood pressure.

2. Lack of physical activity.

3. Lipid levels (specially apolipoproteins).

4. Intake Poor diet.

5. Abdominal obesity.

6. Psychosocial disorders (including stress and depression).

7. Smoking.

8. Heart problems.

9. Alcohol use.

10. Diabetes.

With these risk factors in mind, it is important to note that the general rule-of-thumb in preventing a stroke is to live an overall healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps reduce stress and depression, but also promotes cardiovascular health and physical fitness. Healthy diets can help regulate cholesterol, reduce cardiovascular disease and also aid in maintaining healthy weight. Regular medical check-ups can detect conditions that indicate high blood pressure.

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