One of two things is likely to happen to a person who suffers a stroke: it will either kill them on the spot or it will leave them with a life-changing disability. A minority of stroke victims may be fortunate enough to avoid both of these scenarios, although that is generally unlikely. Strokes are also worryingly frequent. In fact, it is the second most common cause of disability worldwide and it kills more people each year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
There are numerous risk factors which can accelerate the onset of stroke. Some of these, such as old age or family history, cannot be changed, but many other factors can. Anything which generally leads to an unhealthy lifestyle, such as a lack of exercise, a poor diet, excessive smoking/alcohol consumption and drug abuse, significantly increases your susceptibility to stroke, which can cause paralysis, speech difficulties, loss of sight and memory problems, amongst other things. These aren’t conditions that you’ll want to be landed with, so it’s your choice to lead a healthier lifestyle and at least reduce the likelihood of suffering a stroke.
The infographic below by Home Care Plus (http://www.homecareplus.ie/) provides plenty of important information about identifying the signs of stroke, what to do if you see it happening, and how to care for a stroke survivor.