She blamed everything on a common ailment and almost died. The signs of a stroke, which are not known to 75% women.
That math lecture she remembers still. Six years ago, she outlined the story of a teacher at the University, as suddenly as if her brain was shrouded in fog. “It’s like in my head someone flipped the switch”, think of it then.
“My roommate asked, well if I feel, and I replied that everything is in order. I blacked out for a few seconds and did not understand what happened,” says the 26-year-old Sarah porter.
She stayed to the end of the lecture, and when I got up to collect the notes and textbook, I felt tingling in his right hand. The right leg also did not listen. When she hobbled over to her Dorm room, her face twitching in spasms. Sarah decided to call my parents: they both worked in medicine and had to understand what was happening to her.
“Mom asked me to look in the mirror and describe your face. As soon as she heard that one of his side twitches, she immediately called my older brother Sam, so he took me to the hospital,” says Sarah.
A nurse met them and could not believe my eyes: “Stop pretending, these young don’t have strokes”. Then this word sounded for the first time, and Sarah was scared. She couldn’t formulate a response to the nurse.
“There was some gap between what was happening in my head, and the fact that said lips. I thought – help me! I need help! But to say it didn’t happen.”
The doctor came only when the aid loudly began to call Sam. Sarah immediately performed a CT scan. She recovered only after 24 hours: it really had a stroke. Sarah could not walk, could not remember the last year of study, and much of his childhood. But she was able to realize that around her bedside gathered her entire family.
Heart attack for the brain
Symptoms faced by Sarah, this is classic signs of a stroke, which she had not the slightest idea. If not for the parents who rushed her to the hospital, she could not survive.
According to recent studies, every fifth woman suffers a stroke, and they die from it much faster than men. With age the risk increases, but over the last twenty years are increasingly a stroke happens in women younger than 55 years.
If you have the slightest suspicion on a stroke, you have to get to the hospital and get a CT scan. Then the doctors can have time to appoint a special drug –tissue plasminogen activator (TPA). It is a protein that can dissolve the clot and restore blood flow to the brain (the same drug used to treat heart attacks).
And heart attack, and stroke occur when blood flow is interrupted due to damage to blood vessels. If the blood cannot reach the heart, is a heart attack. If the blood hits the brain, a stroke occurs.
Sometimes there are mini-versions of these attacks when a blood clot temporarily clogs the artery. In this case, the discomfort lasts only a few minutes and does not lead to irreversible consequences. However, this is an important warning sign: you are at risk.
Stop a stroke before it happens
…All summer Sarah was recovering from a stroke. Back in College, she began to learn a year behind their peers. After a few years the girl suffered a second stroke, after which she had an operation to remove abnormal blood vessels in the brain.
And although full recovery is uncertain, now Sara are at increased risk of stroke. She works five days a week and seriously watching their health.
“I realized that the best way to recover, especially emotionally, for me will help others. Telling the story, I raise the level of public awareness about strokes,” says Sarah.
Now she became the representative of the American heart Association Go Red and often speaks to other women.
It is believed that four out of five strokes are preventable. For this you need to monitor the level of sugar and cholesterol in the blood and try to live a healthy lifestyle. High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease increase the risks. We can’t control our genetics or age, but there are factors that depend only on us.
Source: goodhousekeeping.com Anna Stachura