April 30, 2019
Strokes are becoming more frequent in the world and are the ones leaving the greatest sequel of disability in the working population. In the past, it was common in people older than 65 years, today the situation is different. A sedentary lifestyle, a poor diet and a hectic pace of life have generated more and more frequent occurrences in young adults
For this reason, it is essential to learn to identify its symptoms so that the person gets early treatment. Remember that the patient who has suffered a stroke must be seen during the first four and a half hours of presenting the first signs, in order to reduce risk of mortality and sequelae, depending on the location and size of the event. The faster they are treated, the better their chances of recovering. Here lies the importance in learning how to recognize it
Neurologist Pablo Zumaeta, from Clínica Ricardo Palma explains that facial asymmetry, difficulty speaking or gesturing words, loss of strength on one side of the arms (not being able to raise it) and lack of balance or coordination are the most frequent signs that we are having a stroke
Watch out for the factors
Statistics indicate that strokes are more frequent among people over 65; however, the global trend reveals that more cases are being increasingly registered among young adults. This is due to multiple factors: high blood pressure, obesity, overweight, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, heart disease, diabetes, increased life expectancy of people, among others.
To prevent strokes, it is recommended to follow a balanced diet, in order to avoid the formation of fat plaques in veins and arteries, exercise regularly, do not smoke or drink alcohol and keep blood pressure under control.
Dr. Pablo Zumaeta
Neurologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma