Those of us not in an environment like that can more easily have a silent stroke or a mini stroke and not know it. The symptoms aren't as radical as a full blown stroke, with garbled speech and loss of functions on one side of the body. A silent stroke is most often caused by reduced blood flow in one of the smaller arteries that feed the brain. It can occur without noticeable symptoms if it affects a part of the brain that doesn’t control major movements or vital functions. A silent stroke may also produce symptoms you mistakenly attribute to something else, such as garden-variety clumsiness or random memory lapses. Similar to reducing the chance of a major stroke, addressing cardiovascular risk factors, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, also lowers the risk of having silent strokes. A study of middle-aged people with no apparent illnesses or related brain conditions found that about 10% had brain damage from a silent stroke. The damage that happens is permanent, but therapy might help stimulate other parts of the brain so one regains abilities that may have weakened.
The healthy lifestyle I encourage us all to have is also a preventative measure for strokes and silent strokes. Most often, unless a brain scan imagery is done for any reason, it will go missed. As with all chronic diseases, we must be a partner with our bodies and health practitioners. It doesn't hurt to get a yearly checkup and full blood work. It is a good idea to know your family history of diseases, in order to see if there are any tendencies.
I invite you to live the five pillars of health. In my opinion, they are:
- Healthy Movement
- Healthy Silence
- Healthy Fuel
- Healthy Hydration
- Healthy Relationships