A stroke is a blockage of blood flow to an area of your brain. Deprived of oxygen, your brain cells in the area begin to die, and that means you begin to lose abilities – limb control, sight, speech, or even memory. A mini-stroke may only raise minor issues, such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg; while a major stroke can cause permanent damage or death. According to the World Health Organisation, strokes claim 6.3 million lives every year and that’s tragic, as a large percentage of strokes are preventable. Read on to learn how to reduce your stroke risk factors.
14 stroke risk factors you can control (and three you can’t)
Popular This Week
- Want to live to 100? Follow these 18 simple rules
- 7 silent signs you might have eye cataracts
- 15 things you never knew about left-handed people
- 15 of the hardest words to spell in the English language
- The 10 best meals to eat when you feel your worst
- 25 of the world’s strangest and most unique hotels
- 73 short jokes anyone can remember
- 13 normal fights even happy couples have
More in HealthSmart
Would you like to see your writing published in the magazine? Send it to us! We pay for stories, anecdotes and jokes.
We’re looking for enthusiastic readers who want to get involved in creating the magazine!
Share Your Deepest Wish with us and be published and earn cash!
What’s your best tip for dealing with stress and worry?
Come up with a funny caption for this image for your chance to win $100!