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After cancer and heart disease, what is killing many people is stroke
A stroke is a blood clot in the brain, and it is a fatal disease.
Our brain receives oxygen and essential nutrients through blood circulation, and if this process is interrupted even for a moment, mental function can also be interrupted.
Therefore, brain cells need a constant supply of oxygen through the blood vessels to function properly. By disrupting this process, the disease that leads to death is stroke.
According to the World Health Organization, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the world after cancer and heart disease.
It is said that more than 20 million people are infected every year and six million of them die.
The data coming out from the health institutions indicate that the stroke disease is spreading at a high rate in Ethiopia.
The disease occurs widely in citizens over 35 years of age. Among those infected with the disease, 1.5 million will die within a year of being infected.
Symptoms of stroke
• Although many studies have shown that a stroke can last for a long time without showing any symptoms, symptoms may appear depending on the stage of the disease.
• Medical experts mention that sudden numbness of the face, arms, or legs on one side of the body are the main symptoms of stroke.
• In addition, sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance are common symptoms.
• Unexplained headaches and confusion, difficulty understanding or speaking, and sometimes twitching of the facial muscles are other symptoms of the disease.
Risk factors for the disease
• The disease affects people of any age regardless of race, color and gender, but the most vulnerable are people over 40 years of age and usually men, according to health experts in the field.
• Although there are natural risk factors for stroke, blood pressure, sugar, fat accumulation in the blood, smoking, excess body weight are habits that can be prevented.
• Having a family history of stroke and getting older are natural factors, but habits like smoking or unhealthy obesity can cause blood clots to form and cause sudden blockages in the arteries.
Prevention methods and solutions
• Health experts state that 80 to 90 percent of strokes can be prevented just by controlling the risk factors mentioned above.
• Experts explain that if people quickly go to the medical center during the outbreak of the disease and if the damage can be reduced, there may be a situation to return to where it was in the course of time.
• It is said that if people who see symptoms of stroke come to the medical center up to four hours after the injury, the damage can be greatly reduced.