People hear and read about strokes all the time, thanks to the number of television shows that have cropped up. Some of the shows broadcast accurate description, while others feed on the popular myths regarding this condition. It is especially distressing for medical professionals to watch victims succumbing to this condition due to sheer negligence. So listed below are some of the common myths about stroke and the corresponding facts to them which will help the patients and their helpers cope with stroke attacks better.
Some Of The Common Myths About Stroke Are:
- Myth: Strokes cannot be treated
- Reality: Strokes require immediate medical attention. The patient’s near ones need to call an ambulance and yes, it can be treated.
- Myth: One cannot prevent a stroke
- Reality: Strokes can be prevented.
- Myth: Strokes occur once in a blue moon
- Myth: Stroke is a heart disease
- Reality: Stroke is a brain attack and occurs when there is an interruption in the flow of blood and oxygen, to the brain.
- Myth: People can recover from a stroke, in a short while
- Reality: The patient can take an entire lifetime to recover from an attack and at times also depends on the severity of the patient’s condition.
- Myth: Women rarely have strokes
- Reality: Stroke is the fourth common cause of death in women. Each year, 55,000 more women than men succumb to stroke attacks.
- Myth: Once a patient has suffered from a stroke, the chances of recovery are minimal.
- Reality: Although there are numerous ways, by which people can save a patient, there are some pointers that one needs to keep in mind:
1) Immediate medical attention is a must.
2) Some well-thought out precautions can prevent a second attack.
3) A full medical assisting team can help a patient recover fully.
- Myth: A patient suffers headaches with the onset of a stroke
- Reality: A patient has other tell-tale symptoms of an impending stroke attack, but he/she does not suffer from any pain.
- Myth: The older generation is susceptible to strokes
- Reality: Every year, almost 28% of the population affected by stroke, falls under the age of 65.
Each year more than 700,000 people experience a stroke and around 160,000 people die as a result which makes stroke the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart diseases. Some people survive the experience without much harm but most people (2/3 of the stroke patients) are usually afflicted with some disability due to which stroke is named as the leading cause of disability amongst adults.
Well, these are the common myths about stroke but if one keeps an open mind and update their knowledge, this disorder can be brought under control. Numerous lives may be saved from impairments or worse – death.
Hope that helped realize a few actual facts about stroke. Now if you have any suggestions at all, shoot at in the comments below.
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