Most people know at least something about stroke. They probably even know someone who has had a stroke. It’s an all too common condition. In fact, about 795,000 people are affected by stroke each year. Even though most people are at least aware of stroke, there are still many misconceptions and an overall lack of knowledge about the condition. Sadly, what some people believe to be true about stroke are actually common myths. Below are some myths you may have heard about stroke, and the truth behind them.
Myth: Strokes happen in the heart.
Truth: This misconception may stem from the fact that stroke involves blood vessels. However, a stroke takes place in the brain, not the heart. A stroke happens when a blood vessel becomes blocked, preventing a part of the brain from receiving oxygen and nutrients. When this happens, neurons die, causing a stroke.
Myth: A stroke cannot be prevented.
Truth: About 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Most strokes are due to high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. All of these diseases can be prevented or controlled with proper medical care and lifestyle changes.
Myth: If the symptoms go away, there’s no need to see a doctor for a stroke.
Truth: When the symptoms of a stroke are only temporary and go away on their own, this is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is a type of stroke in which the blocked blood vessel opens back up before there is permanent damage to the brain. However, a TIA still requires emergency treatment since it usually means another stroke is imminent.
Myth: Most people experience pain when they have a stroke.
Truth: Pain occurs in only about 30 percent of people who have a stroke. Therefore, pain isn’t a symptom you should count on being present when trying to identify a stroke. Instead, watch for sudden symptoms like feeling weak or numb on one side of the body, confusion, difficulty with speech, double vision, and poor coordination.
If you have an aging family member at risk for stroke, hiring an in-home caregiver can help them reduce their risks for stroke. An in-home caregiver can help the older adult make healthy lifestyle changes by preparing healthy food for them, going for walks with them, and reminding them to take medications. Caregivers can also assist people who have had a stroke by doing some of the tasks they may no longer be able to do, such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, and more.
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