Did you know there's a 35% chance that you've already had a stroke? That's because one in three American adults have experienced a warning or "mini" stroke. That's according to a new survey from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).
What's more, only 3% of those who have experienced a stroke did anything about it.
According to the survey, 35% of the respondents said they had experienced at least one sign of a warning stroke. The difference between these "mini" strokes and a regular stroke is that a mini or transient ischemic attack (TIA) is usually temporary. The blood clot or other blockage gives way and leaves the brain.
However, the risk for having another TIA or a full-blown stroke increases substantially after you've had the first stroke. That's because the conditions that brought on the mini stroke are still present and likely to produce another stroke. That's why ignoring any sign of a stroke can be a deadly mistake.
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So what are the symptoms of a stroke? The American Stroke Association has developed the easy-to-remember acronym F.A.S.T. to help you know when to get help. F.A.S.T. stands for:
* Face drooping
* Arm weakness
* Speech difficulty
* Time to call 911
But don't stop there. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms, it's vital you take immediate steps to treat the problem. The journal Stroke published an article that showed how taking an aspirin as quickly as possible greatly increases your ability to survive and avoid a second stroke. But one of the researchers said, "We found that aspirin didn't do very much for repairing the damage done already by the initial stroke, but ... it reduced the likelihood of having another stroke in the hospital."
This is one time taking an aspirin is a good idea. I much prefer nattokinase to aspirin for general stroke prevention. And it can be used for the same purpose in this case. However, if you go to the hospital, they are going to give you aspirin. And you don't need to take both aspirin and natto at the same time. If you tell them you've already taken an aspirin, they will work that into their treatment plan. If you tell them you've already taken natto, they'll probably look at you like you're from Mars and won't know what to do with that information. They will proceed to give you aspirin.
Since aspirin doesn't heal the damage, it's important to begin taking fish oil immediately after you see any symptoms. As I've reported before, fish oil, such as that found in Complete Daily Oils, can heal your brain after a major trauma, including a stroke.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.