Having a stroke can leave you with severe disability. It can strike anyone and affects 15 million people worldwide yearly. You are at risk of getting a stroke if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, atrial fibrillation (which produces an irregular heartbeat), are a smoker or heavy drinker. When a stroke occurs, it can cause massive damage to the brain cells in the affected area and its surroundings, leading to cell death and dysfunction. And all this happens within minutes. Getting a stroke also means you have a greater risk for another (recurrent) stroke. However, you can take steps to prevent a recurrent stroke with a combination of lifestyle changes and medical interventions. Read more at the Star.
Written by ChoyMun Lai