The American Heart Association has established guidelines to help women avoid strokes naturally for a longer and healthier life.
Each year, approximately 800,000 Americans experience a new stroke or recurrence. Which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is clogged with splinters or a clot. The American Heart Association has recently published its first guidelines to prevent stroke in women. The main focus is on pregnancy is birth control. Other risk factors that women experience uniquely or more frequently than men. Because stroke is the third leading cause of death for women and the fifth leading cause of death for men, it is a very serious risk factor for Americans.
Last year, my sister suffered a stroke that shocked the whole family but had a great opportunity to recover very quickly and well. Since then. He goes for a walk in the morning, jogs in the afternoon and follows a healthy diet. She lost twenty kilos and her health improved greatly. The AHA guidelines apply to patients like my sister Michelle, who has a stroke.
The key to surviving a stroke and minimizing disability is to recognize symptoms such as weakness or numbness in one arm. Difficulty speaking and sagging on one side of the face. The guidelines to prevent strokes are focused on controlling diabetes and blood pressure, increasing physical activity or fat loss. Eating healthy and quitting smoking. According to Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, director of the stroke at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NS, she led the task force that wrote the guidelines, published in Stroke, a Journal of the Heart Association.
During pregnancy, strokes are not very common. But the risk is always higher, especially during the last three months and immediately after delivery. The real problem is dangerously high blood pressure that can cause seizures and other problems, called preeclampsia. Later in life, it doubles the risk of stroke and quadruples the risk of high blood pressure after pregnancy. The guidelines indicate that you may reduce the risk of preeclampsia with calcium supplements and that pregnant women with very high blood pressure (160/110) may need medication.
According to the guidelines, hormonal therapy should not be used to prevent stroke. Now that the guidelines put women’s concerns “on the table,” more doctors are discussing them.
Birth control pills
It is recommended to check high blood pressure before taking an oral contraceptive. As this may increase the risk of stroke. Although the risk is low, it increases significantly in women aged 45 to 49 years. More than 10 million women are taking birth control pills.
Aspirin and migraines
Aspirin is still recommended for people who have suffered a stroke unless the brain hemorrhage is caused by a hemorrhage in the brain or a blood clot, or bleeding is a risk, Bushnell said. A low dose of aspirin every day “may be useful” to reduce the risk of stroke in women 65 years and older only if its benefits are greater due to the risk of bleeding or other risks, according to the guidelines. Women are four times more likely to suffer from migraines than men and usually coincide with hormonal changes. Migraines with aura increase the risk of stroke, but not only. Smoking and using oral contraceptives increase the risk even more, so the guidelines insist that patients stop smoking.
I urge all Americans, especially women, to follow the guidelines of the American Heart Association to prevent all strokes from living longer and healthier.